You can save a lot of time and effort next spring if you do some yard and landscape work now to protect the investment in your property.
This effort goes beyond just raking and bagging leaves, although stocking up on yard bags is a good idea before the “fall rush.”
Here are more fall landscaping tips.
Take care of your lawn by spreading a winterizing blend of fertilizer. Some home stores, like Ace Hardware, offer a variety of single- and four-step fertilizing programs. This affords a slow release of nutrients into the soil to insure your lawn gets a healthy start come spring.
Perennial flowerbeds could also use a dose of fertilizer. Ask what would be best for the types of plants you have, and for fertilizing instructions.
Also, consider another round of spot spraying weeds. Like your lawn grass, these will come back in spring.
Check your outside faucets. If there is a leak, the time to fix it is now before a freeze causes cracks. Damage is harder to repair in winter. Drain your hoses; a sudden frost or freeze could cause damage.
Cut away dead branches on trees and bushes. These will promote better growth in spring. Be careful not to prune good growth until after the plant goes dormant for winter.
Mulch should be spread around trees, bushes and perennial plants. This will protect the plants’ root systems over winter. Ask your Ace Hardware sales associate what kind of much is best, and for spreading tips.
And when the leaves do fall, consider using your lawnmower’s mulching capability to grind them up and leave them on the lawn. Dead leaves are loaded with nutrients.
For advice on these and other fall landscaping projects and ideas, and help selecting products, talk with an Ace sales associate.
Bjorkman's Ace Hardware
4520 W. Crystal Lake Rd., McHenry, Il., 60050
Call (815) 385-3660