The Yardist’s Top 10 Tips for Fall
People in the Rockport community know that improving and maintaining curb appeal is important for the continued beautification of their neighborhoods. The steps you take in the fall to clean up and prepare your yard for spring are a critical part of the process. Follow these 10 tips to protect your lawn and garden from Old Man Winter and for a beautiful yard next spring.
1. DO keep mowing your lawn to help it compete against fall and winter weeds. Keeping the grass at about 2 inches tall is best for fall.
2. DON’T forget to water your lawn if it’s dry. Water once or twice a week, long enough to soak the soil several inches deep. Watering at night may encourage fungal diseases.
3. DO remove fallen leaves from your lawn or they’ll form a thick mat that will suffocate the grass and breed fungal diseases. Use leaves in your compost pile or as a winter blanket in your perennial flower and garden beds.
4. DON’T forget to aerate your lawn. Get a professional to aerate that will punch holes in the soil underneath your grass so that oxygen, water, and fertilizer can feed the grass roots.
5. DO fertilize in the fall to encourage growth of deep grass roots and keep nutrients on reserve for a healthy start next spring. Use winter fertilizer and a drop spreader for best results.
6. DON’T ignore weeds. To ensure a lush lawn next year, apply an herbicide now to target fall-germinating and perennial weeds.
7. DO repair your lawn. Cooler temperatures make fall the best time to plant grass. Just make sure you do this before the temperature drops below 50 degrees.
8. DON’T forget to plant shrubs now because the soil is warmer than in the spring and there’s still time for the roots to get established before winter. Water the roots thoroughly on the day you plant and at least once a week before winter. Wait until spring to fertilize so you don’t burn your new root system.
9. DO plant perennials now for spring color. Can’t decide what to plant? Sedum, Peony, and Garden Phlox are pretty but low maintenance.
10. DON’T forget to remove annuals and mulch the soil around perennials with peat moss, hay or shredded leaves.
Good Luck and Happy Fall from The Yardist!
Edgar Banzhaf owns The Yardist Lawn & Garden Service, LLC. The Yardist provides a variety of landscaping services, as well as snow removal services, to homeowners and small businesses in Cleveland, Lakewood, Rocky River, Fairview Park and the neighboring communities.