Gardeners living in snowy areas have many reasons to be anxious about winter. Plants have gone into hibernation, and their bright colors have faded, leaving only a palette that is white and grey. People may think there isn’t much to do or ideas for winter landscaping. On the contrary, you can make a beautiful landscape stand out in stark contrast to the quieter seasons by careful planning.
Improper planning for winter and autumn landscaping can lead to a disaster that will leave your green space in chaos come spring. Your Landscaping Contractor can also give you great ideas. These are some common late-season landscaping mistakes to avoid. You can get a full list here too.
We also have helpful tips on what you should do and what you shouldn’t.
Fall Lawn Maintenance: Points Not To Forget
Even after you have finished trimming the grass, your lawn may need to be maintained in good shape for spring. These are some ideas of activities you can do in autumn.
This is the removal of thatch from the growing season. The end of the growing season is the best time to accomplish this task.
It is better to apply fertilizer now if you use timed formulations so that the nutrients can be fully absorbed by the grass next spring.
Even the smallest weeds can be avoided in autumn to give them an advantage in spring. Take out as much as possible before the snow starts to fall.
The leaves must be removed in order to help the grass recover, allowing the sun to shine on it as soon as the snow melts. Besides, the grass will not grow as fast if it is covered with leaves.
Don’t forget the flower bulbs
Bulb flowers such as daffodils and tulips are the first to flower in spring. They should be planted in the fall months to ensure they bloom in spring.
Many plants will need to be cut down or trimmed for them to flourish the following year. However, this is not the case with all plants. Plants that do not provide shelter or food for beneficial insects or animals are often essential for other wildlife species. Each plant is different. So it’s important to research each one carefully to determine if you need to cut it back or if it would be more beneficial for your landscape to keep them in place over winter.
Storing dirty garden tools
After you have completed the maintenance, make sure to clean all the dirt and dust off your tools. Dry them somewhere dry to keep them functioning properly.
Your beautiful landscaping does not have to disappear when the sun goes down in winter and autumn. You will reap the benefits of maintaining your landscaping in the spring months if you put in the work during the winter and autumn months. Lawrence Park can help with all your winter and autumn landscaping needs. Contact us!