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Fall Clean Up—7 Easy Tips!

As the growing season comes to the end, you will want think about putting the plants to sleep for the year. The end of October is a great time to start, with cooler mornings and warmer afternoons.

Here is a list of easy tasks to remember—and we're happy to help with any of them:

  1. Weed all you want. Weeding in the fall is probably the most valuable thing you can do to prepare for spring—and it’s one that many people overlook.

  2. Pick up the poop. When the snow melts next spring, the last thing you want to see on your lawn is pet waste. Fall is the perfect time to get out there and clean up Rover’s little leftovers.

  3. Aerate. Heavy use throughout the summer can cause soil to become compacted. Perforating your lawn with small holes helps reduce compaction and lets water, air and fertilizer get down to the soil, which strengthens the grass plants' root structures.

  4. Water trees and shrubs. Dehydration during the colder months is an all-too-common cause of tree damage, but it’s easily preventable. To sustain them over the long winter, it’s important to give trees a drink before putting them to bed. We look to do this after they go fully dormant, but before the ground freezes. Use a soaker hose or root irrigator to water them thoroughly.

  5. Clean out your garden. Fruits and vegetables left in the garden can rot all winter long, and provide a comfy home for insect eggs. Gross? Not as gross as they’ll be in the spring. Now is the time to get rid of diseased plants, too, but keep them out of the compost pile so the problem doesn’t spread to the rest of your garden next year.

  6. Plant spring bulbs. Fall is not all about closing up shop. It’s also still the perfect time to plant spring flowering bulbs like daffodils and tulips. But pay attention to the weather forecasts... planting too early can cause bulbs to sprout before winter, and planting them too late can mean their roots don’t have enough time to develop before the ground freezes.

  7. Give your tools a tune-up. When it comes time to put away the backyard tools for the season, don’t just shove them into the garage or shed. Spend a few minutes wiping them down and removing debris and dirt, then apply a light layer of oil to keep them from rusting over the winter. That way they’ll be all set to go again come spring.

Give us a call if you'd like to schedule some help for any of these helpful fall tasks! 614.873.7333

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