The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. It’s almost time for us to hunker down in our houses. There is one good thing about winter, we don’t have to worry about yard maintenance until spring. But before you put it out of your mind there are some essential chores that need to be done to ensure your yard returns to its former glory.
Turn Off Outside Watering Systems
If your yard has a sprinkler system make sure you turn it off and evacuate it of any water. Leaving water in your pipes will cause them to burst when they freeze creating a very expensive mess for you to clean up. Detach garden hoses from outside faucets and drain them before storing them to prevent cracking. You may also want to shut off the water to your outside faucets as well.
Cover Flower Beds
To give your perennials a head start in the spring cover them with a layer of mulch or burlap to protect them from deep freezing. Dry leaves will work as well.
Bring In Non Native Plants
Don’t forget about any tropical or climate sensitive plants before the first frost. This includes cactuses, succulents, or any annual plants you wish to save. Store them in a warm and sunny spot and don’t forget to water them regularly.
The fall is the best time to transplant trees. If you have any trees or shrubs in your yard that you wanted to transplant during the summer, now is the time to do it. Transplanting a tree can be tricky, especially in the summer, which can lead to shock and permanent damage to limbs. To prevent this transplant when the tree is dormant and you will see your tree come back to life in the Spring like nothing happened.
Everyone knows that they have to rake leaves in the fall but why not wait until spring? Large thick mats of wet leaves can kill the grass underneath so do it now to ensure your grass will grow back healthy next year.
Winterize Trees and Shrubs
If you have any young vulnerable trees or shrubs that you think might be damaged by the heavy snow wrap them in burlap. It is also important to water them before the first frost to ensure they have enough water stored up for the winter when the ground freezes.
If you need help yard maintenance this fall call the pros at Turf Tenders and schedule an appointment today.