As summer comes to an end, it’s time to shift your landscaping focus at your commercial properties to preparations for fall. How can you ensure your commercial landscaping will be ready?
Here are 10 tips you’ll want to be sure are on your fall landscaping checklist.
1. Flip your mulch
Mulching improves the quality of your soil and helps it retain moisture. Spring is the best time to mulch, and fall is the right time to turn it over to keep it fresh and healthy.
2. Aerate your soil
Winter can be tough on your plants and turf, so it’s important to protect them where you can as part of your fall landscaping prep. Aerating your turf can help remove excess thatch buildup, enhance growth at the roots and help your landscape survive through harsh winter conditions.
3. Reseed your grass
This time of year, your turf can be stressed from intense heat and regular mowing. After aerating the soil, reseed the grass, paying special attention to any thin or bare areas to encourage growth.
4. Fertilize your soil
Generally, the sweet spot for fertilizing your turf as part of your fall landscaping is after the summer temps have dropped but before it gets into the 40s. Fall fertilizing can give your turf the nutrients it needs to help protect it from winter weather. Test your soil first to see what it needs and proceed accordingly.
5. Ditch the dead leaves
As those autumn leaves begin to fall, be sure to keep your grass raked clean. You’ll avoid potential fungal growth as well as pest problems while allowing your lawns to get the sun they need.
6. Prune and plant
Most trees, shrubs and perennials should be pruned back in the fall. It’s also the perfect season for planting new perennials and shrubs, too. Planting them in the fall gives them time to take hold so they are ready for spring.
7. Make a final cut
As fall arrives, you’ll want to cut your grass shorter than normal as well, without going all the way to the root. That buzz cut helps prevent issues like matting as well as potential diseases from developing, and not going too short ensures the roots won’t be over-exposed to cooler temps.
8. Keep your watering schedule going
Even if you tend to get more precipitation in your area in the fall than in the summer months, you’ll still want to keep your regular watering schedule throughout the season.
9. Pull those weeds
Don’t allow weeds to get overgrown in the fall. Keeping them pulled throughout the season will help ensure you end up with fewer weeds to worry about in the spring.
10. Don’t skip the hard surfaces
Most of your fall landscaping focus will obviously be on everything you’ve got growing, but don’t neglect your sidewalks and driveways. Pressure washing, filling in cracks and sealing surfaces in the fall gives them extra protection over the winter as temps start to drop.
By taking these steps as you prepare for fall, you’ll help keep your commercial properties looking great and your plants in good health. Looking for more tips? Check out our fall clean-up checklist.
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