Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Clean Up

When it comes to Fall there are a lot of preparations that must be accomplished to maintain the health and appearance of your outdoor spaces.

First remove all the leaves from the lawn. If you leave the leaves on the grass over winter it could very well kill the grass. And Trying to remove them in the spring will be that much more difficult as they will be wet and matted down.
Next remove all the weeds from the beds as well as dead foliage from perennials. Remove any left over mulch from Spring as you will be adding about an inch of mulch for over Winter. If your beds have natural edges these need to be freshened up with a square edging spade or mechanical edger.

Next plant any Spring bulbs and Mums or Pansies. Pansies planted in fall will over Winter well and bloom again in the Spring. Finish with a thin layer of newspaper (optional) and 1" of shredded hardwood mulch.
Gather your debris and leaves and add them to your compost pile. Prune any dead or diseased branches from trees and give all your trees a good last watering. And now would be a good time to empty any rain barrels and disconnect them from downspouts for Winter. Also shallow water features should be emptied and the pumps turned off and stored for winter.

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