How to Prepare Your Home Landscape for Fall

With the fall season coming fast, it’s time to start preparing your lawn for cooler weather. If you live in an area with harsh winters, you’ll want to make sure your outdoor space is ready to withstand low temperatures and lots of cold precipitation. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your home landscape for fall.

  1. Clean It Up

When preparing your landscape for fall, the first thing you’ll want to do is get rid of any dead foliage and debris. Plants, twigs, large branches, and leaves should all be removed to give your lawn a nice clean base for growth when spring comes. Don’t be afraid to cut back grass, bushes, tree branches, and dead annuals or perennials. Then, keep raking those leaves up all autumn long!

  1. Mow

You’re probably tired of mowing the lawn after the summer growing season, but you’ll have to do it one last time before winter. Set the cutting height at about 2-2.5 inches. This will help your lawn grow nice and thick when the weather warms up again.

  1. Mulch

Fall is a great time to lay a fresh layer of mulch around the yard. You can use various mulch types, like bark, sawdust, compost, or even shredded leaves. Spread your chosen mulch around the bases of your trees, shrubs, and other plants in layers two or three inches thick. This mulch will give your plants extended nutrients during the winter and will serve to insulate the soil and roots and prevent it from freezing or frosting over. Additionally, mulch will help your plants keep in moisture.

Consult with professional landscapers if you’re not sure what type of mulch is best for your landscaping needs this fall.

  1. Plant

Contrary to popular belief, fall is actually a great time to plant new trees and shrubs. With the soil still warm from the retained summer heat and the air cooling down, roots are stimulated to grow deeper into the ground, giving your new plants a great foundation for more growth in the springtime. This root growth will happen all season long so that by wintertime when the ground freezes, the roots are already well established and feeding the rest of the plant nutrients from the soil. There are even autumn flowers and winter trees that will thrive during these cooler months.

  1. Clean the House

You can save the interior of your house for spring cleaning, but a good cleaning of the exterior is a perfect activity for fall. Pay attention to the windows and siding and remove any mold, algae, or debris with warm water, soap, and sponge. For resistant staining, you may opt for a pressure washer as your cleaning tool. Next, make sure to clean out the gutters to allow full drainage of upcoming wet weather. If you have trees that hang over the house, you’ll need to clean out the gutters throughout the fall season to prevent winter ice dams.

If you’re ready to get your home landscape autumn-ready, the experts at Lola’s Landscape are ready to help! Whether you’re looking for tips, advice, or service, our landscaping professionals are ready to

What is Pruning?

What exactly is pruning? When you think of pruning, you don’t actually relate it to trees and plants!

Pruning is the trimming and removal of dead branches, twigs and leaves from trees and plants in your yard; the best time for this service is in the start of fall, which just so happens to be right now!

You want to be able to control the growth and size of your plants and trees; pruning will help keep all of your plant life in a safe, controlled state.

This service will help bring overall wellness to plants, shrubs and trees; it will remove dead and dangerous branches, unwanted fruiting, and waterspouts that are both harming the wellness of your plants, as well as its beauty.

Sometimes, depending on how old your plants are, they can be affected by insects and diseases that eat away at its insides; diseases and insects can really cause some damage to your tree life. Pruning can often times help remove those dead sections of your plant that have been affected by diseases or insects.

As mentioned a little earlier, pruning will help you maintain a sturdy structure, and you have some control on how big your plant will grow. The most important part about pruning is to maintain a sturdy and healthy tree or plant.

When you have trees in your yard, you want to make sure they are structurally sound enough to stand strong against any type of weather condition; you would hate to have a tree fall and ruin your home or a neighbor’s home. When you pruin your trees, you are helping to keep your trees healthy and sturdy. Also, when we perform this service, we are able to tell right away if a tree is structurally strong enough to weather another winter.

Pruning is one of the best ways to maintain beautiful and healthy plants and trees. For more information about our pruning services, please feel free to give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-4584.