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Fall Maintenance to Prepare Your Lawn For Winter and Spring

Sure, raking up the leaves in the fall is an important part of preparing your landscape for the winter and spring, but if you have garden beds, young trees, or soil that needs amending, there are several other yard maintenance tasks that need to be done before winter really hits.

Even though the weather in the Lancaster area isn’t incredibly cold yet, winter is coming, which means these tasks need to be completed sooner rather than later to give your landscape the best opportunity for full growth and beauty come springtime. And if you don’t have the time or the tools to get any of these done, get in touch with the landscapers at ZJ’s Estate Maintenance. We serve the greater Lancaster area with superior landscaping and yard maintenance services, so get in touch with us and we’ll have your yard ready for winter in no time.

Fall Cleanup Activities to Complete Before Winter Hits

Remove Debris

When a good amount of leaves have fallen from trees, it’s time to start raking them up. Pick up leaves as well as other debris like small branches and twigs. If the leaves are left on the grass, it can prevent the lawn from getting enough sunlight and oxygen. If you want to use leaves as fertilizer, first use the lawnmower to shred them to pieces.

Apply Mulch

If you have flower gardens or small trees, mulch will be incredibly important to keep them safe over the winter. Apply a layer of organic material like shredded leaves, bark, or straw to protect the area from erosion, keep the soil warm, and help retain moisture. When applying mulch to the base of young trees, leave a space of a few inches around the trunk.

Protect Shrubs and Young Trees

If there are young trees or smaller shrubs, consider covering them with landscaping fabric or burlap to protect them from harsh weather. You can also wrap the trunks of young trees with a fabric material to protect them from the cold. If there are a lot of deer in your area, consider spraying holly, roses, and tall trees with a deer repellent spray.

Plant Bulbs and Trees

Now is the time to plant bulbs for spring flowers as well as new trees. Getting the bulbs and trees in the ground now will give them time to establish before the soil freezes. Any type of tree can be planted now for optimal growth in the spring. Great bulbs to plant now include hyacinth, tulips, daffodils, and crocus.

Cut Back Perennial Flowers

If you have existing perennials in your garden, they need some fall yard maintenance as well. Flowers like begonia, daylily, peony, and hydrangeas need to be cut back to promote growth in the spring.

Mow the Lawn

Cut the grass one last time before winter. When grass is left too long it can become a home for pests and it is more susceptible to grass mold. Cut the grass slightly shorter than normal to prepare for winter, about 1.5 inches. The grass clippings can also be used for mulch.

Blow Out the Sprinklers

The last thing homeowners want to deal with is frozen water pipes. If you have an inground sprinkler system, it needs to be blown out to remove any remaining water. If there is any watering that needs to done, simply use a hose on an outside faucet; just remember to take the hose off when you’re done.

Hire ZJ’s Estate Maintenance For All Your Landscaping Needs

Yard maintenance in the fall can time-consuming and overwhelming if you’re not sure exactly what needs to be done, or how. But if you want a beautiful and healthy landscape in the spring, these tasks can go a long way in making sure that happens. Whatever your lawn needs, you can rely on our team for exceptional service. Call us today to schedule an appointment!