With lowering temperatures and shorter days, it is time to put away garden and landscaping tools and supplies until the spring season.
Before doing that, be sure that a landscaper in Bryan TX has handled some of the most important maintenance every landscape and lawn needs – fall care.
This time of year, as the days draw shorter, is the most critical time to ensure springtime is filled with healthy plants and thick, green lawns.
Landscape Maintenance Time
Lawns and landscapes require care much of the year in most climates, other than during the dormant season when plants rest.
From the first blooms of spring to the last ones of early fall, keeping up with gardens and yards does require some work; however, healthy plants and lawns require less work than neglected ones.
Fall maintenance prepares plantings for the dormant season and allows them to survive the cold season and grow healthy once the days warm again.
Late season cleaning and wintering preparation are important, though it does take time; the result will be a healthy, vibrant landscape when the weather warms again.
Preparing for Next Season’s Beauty
Below is a list of recommended things that any homeowner or landscaper in Bryan Texas can do every fall to increase the growth, health, and vitality of a landscape so it looks beautiful the next season:
- Aerate, Seed, and Feed – When grass has almost stopped growing, it is a good idea to aerate the soil to provide more air into tightly packed ground as well as give better root access for feeding before winter begins. After aerating would be the time for any seeding or overseeding, while it is still warm enough for baby grass to take root. Once new grass has rooted, a general feeding without weed killer is recommended.
- Mow – Once all of the above has been done and young seedling grass has rooted, a final cut of the season should be done of the whole lawn. Cut mature grass to about 1-¼” high so it does not lay over, rot, or become diseased or damaged so it can weather the cold and wet periods more easily.
- Rake Leaves – Leaves should be raked and bagged once the trees are bare. Leaves left on the ground decompose as does whatever grass or other plants is underneath. A better use for leaves is to compost them and use the resulting organic material to feed garden beds the next year.
- Plant – The safest time to plant shrubs, bulbs, or grass is in the fall. It allows plenty of time for plants to settle, roots to spread, and new plantings to recover from transplant shock in time for spring. It is not best to plant during the active growing season as growth and readjustment both require a lot of energy.
- Prune, Thin, and Divide – Fall is also the best time to prune dead branches from trees and bushes, remove dead or dying plants, and thin out bulbs crowded together. Relocating bulbs both aerates the soil and provides growth space for the remainder while providing additional free bulbs to plant in other areas.
- Mulch – Mulching in fall looks nice and is also recommended as a way to provide a layer of winter protection around plantings, especially new ones.
When all of the above has been done, be sure to empty drip feed water lines to prevent freezing, clean and service all tools and equipment, and then store them until next spring.
Landscapers in Bryan would advise that having well-maintained equipment and healthy sprouts in the spring will have the property looking its best sooner!