Although you can still generally plant through November, its time to start thinking about getting your property ready for winter. Here is a list of some things you should consider:
- Leaf Clean-Up and Removal – Fall leaves can be beautiful, fun to play in and… well… messy! It is best to get leaf debris off your lawn to prevent winter mold damage. Leaves can also be composted into rich organic matter that you can add to your beds in the fall or spring before mulching. It is also a good idea to clean up fallen branches and limbs to help prevent winter lawn damage.
- Bring in Your Annuals & Tropicals – Although some can be left out in a frost and survive, if you want to make sure they stay great looking before you bring them in for the winter (if you do that sort of thing) covering them with a cotton cloth such as a bed sheet or table cloth, do not use plastic and make sure the cloth is not damp or wet when you cover the plants.
- Firewood – Stack firewood within reach, but away from your home. Stacked firewood can attract over wintering insects and rodents. So placing the firewood against your home or garage could attract pests that may eventually get in your home.
- Water Feature Preparation – If you have a water feature that should be drained, disabled, or contains ornamental fish that can’t survive our winters make sure you have a plan in place to get it in order for winter. This will help extend the life of your water feature for years to come.
- Fertilizing & Herbicide Application – Flowers are going to seed, and plants are getting ready to go into dormancy. Fertilizing now gives the plants time to take up extra nutrients needed for the winter months. Putting down a pre-emergent herbicide also prevents all those seeds that are being produced from germinating. Products such as Snapshot and Miracle Grow Weed & Feed can be used to help control weeds now, that may become an issue in the spring.
We hope this list reminds you do a few things to keep your landscape looking beautiful! If you are in need of a fall clean-up please don’t hesitate to contact us at (440) 729-1374.