When it comes to preparing your garden this fall, we have a few tips to share with you. We do not necessarily have to prune everything down and rip up our gardens. Start by cleaning up your yard in Autumn as the weather is cooler and there are fewer insects. Below we have shared some fall clean up tips that will help you along the process:
Clean Out The Debris
As the trees shed their foliage, you must regularly rake to take out dead leaves and other forms of debris that might be smothering the grass and prevent the growth.
Organic waste such as weeds and leaves can provide space for pests such as groundhogs, mice, etc.
Fertilize Your Lawn
During the autumn months, you can fertilize your yard to facilitate root growth and prepare it for the next growing season. If you wait until the spring, the fertilizer will prove to be less effective. During the fall, your grass needs to replenish for summer heat and can best use the nutrients of fertilizers.
Use a fertilizer or turf builder that is especially used for winterizing lawns. When you seed a lawn, you want the seeds to grow without competing for nutrients from the weeds. Don’t wait until spring when weeds grow to address this issue; rather, treat it in the fall itself.
Remove Dead Trees and Shrubs
If you notice any shrubs that do not seem to be growing, then it might be time to take them out. But before that, look for any signs of life by scratching the bark at its base and check if there is any greenery.
If no green colour appears, then it is a dead shrub. And it is best to remove it before the ground hardens. This will provide more room for new trees, plants and shrubs to grow.
Check the pH Level of the Lawn
Autumn is the perfect time to make sure that your lawn continues to be healthy for the next year. Get a soil test to determine whether or not your garden soil has the ideal pH or nutrient levels for necessary growth. If the soil is too acidic, you will need to add more lime, whereas if it is too alkaline, you shall add sulfur.
Aerate Your Lawn
When you aerate the lawn, it works to remove the thatch, increase the soil compaction, and improve the overall appearance of the grass. Heavy organic debris or excessive thatch under the grassy surface can deprive the root of vital elements such as water, air, etc. According to Calgary Landscaping experts, autumn is the best season to aerate your lawn. It gives enough time for grass to heal and fill open areas.