Soon the leaves will be changing color so quickly that the green that filled them not long ago will be just a memory. Fast forward a few more weeks and they will have fallen to the ground and left the trees bare, to take on the burden of winter alone. This simple act, representing the changing of seasons yet again, also results in perhaps the last major yard maintenance task for homeowners before spring.
While the leaves are beautiful when they’re in full bloom, and perhaps also while they’re providing a colorful ground cover, they do present a maintenance issue and could also jeopardize the quality of your yard come springtime if not properly addressed. There are multiple ways that you can rid your yard of the leaves, depending on your time, budget and the volume of leaves.
Perhaps the most efficient manner, providing you have the equipment, is to mulch them back into the yard. A few passes with the lawnmower will have them fertilizing your yard in no time. Another option, albeit a little more cumbersome, is to rake and bag the leaves. Many municipalities will haul away leaves and other yard debris at specific times of the year, which makes disposal of these wastes a breeze.
With the yard free of leaves and any branches and other debris that may have collected, it’s time to turn your attention to your landscaping. In order to ensure that everything will look as good as it can in the spring and summer months, the fall months are the perfect time to cut back perennial plants, divide those that you want to split up and plant bulbs that will bloom in the spring.
We first recommend starting with a vision for what you want your yard to look like. From there you can start cutting back plants and dividing others to move them around your landscape beds. If you’ve found yourself with a surplus, this is a perfect opportunity to expand your landscaping or give some to a friend or neighbor to enhance their property. Some of our favorite plants with which to do this are hostas and day lilies.
Once you’ve addressed everything that you currently have in your landscaping, consider adding some bulbs to your landscaping for a pleasant pop of color come springtime. Tulip, crocus and allium bulbs are relatively easy to plant, offer generous success rates (provided the soil drains properly) and can be cut once in bloom to bring some of the outdoor beauty indoors.
It takes a great deal of work to maintain a beautiful yard; however, careful planning and preparation in the fall can make for a much smoother start to the spring! And, the same goes for your home comfort equipment. Have you scheduled your fall maintenance yet? If not, be sure to call us at 631.694.1616 to schedule your tune-up today.