Fall Landscape Tips

Fall Is a Great Time to Plant!  While seasoned gardeners know that fall is the time to plant flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips for the spring season, others may be surprised to know that it is a great time to plant trees and shrubs. The warm soil is great for root development and plants have several months to establish themselves before the stress of the summer heat.

Fall to Do List

  • Pull weeds. Do it now and you’ll have fewer weeds next season.
  • Give trees and shrubs a deep watering after the leaves on the trees drop and just before turning the outside water off for the season.
  • Keep your grass at 2 to 2½ inches tall throughout the fall. If your grass gets much taller (more than 3 inches) it will mat, and this could lead to winter lawn disease problems such as snow mold. If you cut it shorter than 2 inches, you’ll severely limit its ability to make and store food for growth in the spring. This should be done gradually! With each mowing in the fall adjust the mower height level until you reach your 2½ inch goal.
  • Cut most perennials back close to the ground.
  • Shut off water lines to the outside. If you have an automatic irrigation system, avoid damage by having it blown out with compressed air before the water freezes in the pipes.
  • Late-fall pruning and proper mowing through the end of the season are good maintenance practices that will help to protect and preserve the health and vigor of the lawn and landscape.
  • Rake and remove the leaves in the yard to avoid smothering the grass so you can enjoy a healthier lawn next summer.
  • Start a new Thanksgiving Tradition – Let Marsh Brothers mulch and dispose of your leaves before your Family and Friends arrive.
  • Call us at 336-721-0400 and we will take care of your fall check list, for you!
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