Fall is the perfect time to get some yard work done. Instead of relying on professional landscapers, the jobs listed here in the ultimate fall landscaping checklist for your yard are easy, laid-back projects that won’t take forever to complete. Here’s our guide for the ultimate fall landscaping checklist for your yard.
Ventilate Your Lawn
If your lawn easily floods from downpours, it’s time to consider aerating it. This will help the soil pull in water and nutrients reach the roots. You can do this with garden tools if you have a small yard. If you have a big yard, consider using a walk-behind aerator which will break down water molecules naturally.
Give Your Grass Nutrients
Once late summer approaches, cut back on the fertilizer. This can help prevent wasting energy on lead production in perennials. Even though grassroots continue to grow until it hits forty degrees outside, it’s still an excellent time to feed your grass one last time before cooler temperatures set in. Use a high phosphorus mix on your lawn to yield a greener turf come spring.
Mow One More Time
After you feed your grass, mow one more time before cool temperatures hit. By cutting your grass one more time, you prevent diseases from harming your landscaping. When grass is cut, fallen leaves won’t attach themselves and cause your grass to become ill.
Pro Tip: don’t cut too low since grass makes its food from the upper blade.
If you’re having trouble collecting leaves, consider raking them onto a tarp. This will make it easier to transport them into waste and compost bins. If you’ve got a compost bin, ensure you flip the leaf pile every week with a garden fork to ventilate the compost.
Get New Shrubs and Plant Them
If you have a green thumb, then you probably know planting a shrub in early fall will give your plants a head start in establishing roots in excellent, moist soil. All you’ll need to do to plant your shrubs is dig a hole, position the shrub, fill in the gap, and then water and place dirt on the root.
Cut off Dead Limbs
Dead tree branches can cause harm to you and your home when winter snowstorms and winds strike. Conserve your house by cutting off dead tree limbs when fall comes around. Make sure to cut loose and cracked branches that are close to the trunk as well.
This fall, ensure you have the right equipment when you’re working on your landscaping. Get your yard prepared for the fall by following our guide on the best landscaping you can do this cold season.