We all need to clean our yards regularly for maintenance, however, if you’re searching for the perfect time to give your yard an all-out general fall yard cleanup, then fall would be the perfect season.
It is the ideal time to prune your trees as it is the start of their dormancy season, not to mention that the scattered leaves are already reason enough to clear your yard of unwanted elements that can put all your greenery at risk.
In this article, we are going to share with you a short guide on how to perform tree trimming, fall lawn care, and more. We have a lot of topics to cover, so let’s get started.
Start Your Fall Yard Cleanup with Tree Trimming
We’ve mentioned a while ago that the best time to trim your trees is during their dormancy season. There are three reasons why: first, since the tree is technically asleep, you won’t be interfering in its active growth; second, because its leaves have all fallen, you will get a better view of the branches you want to trim and direct future growth better; and finally, by trimming trees in fall you will also make sure that the branches will stay healthy and your tree will not be less prone in acquiring tree diseases.
If you want to get started in tree pruning, then you must certainly acquire the needed tree trimming tools first, starting with a tree pruner.
What Is a Tree Pruner?
A tree pruner is a handheld tool designed to cut tree branches. Most of them have the telescopic feature that extends up so you won’t need to worry about leaving the ground anymore just to reach higher branches.
Once you’re done tree trimming, we can now move on to leaf removal.
It’s no good leaving all those leaves strewn all over your yard since they can harbor bacteria and fungus that can wreak havoc to your entire garden. We understand that fall leaf cleanup can be a real chore and can take quite some time to finish.
Fortunately, you can speed your fall leaf removal with the proper tools: a backpack leaf blower, a rake, and tarps. You need to get the right size of tarps, though. Too small and they’ll be inefficient. Too big and they’ll be too heavy to carry.
If you’re wondering how to clean the yard, here’s the best way to pick up leaves, and you won’t even need a leaf mower for this one:
- Place your tarp on clean ground.
- With the use of your blower and leaf rake, collect all your yard waste on it. Use them to clean autumn leaves.
- Once they’re all collected, fold the four corners of the tarp, using it as a pack to carry all your waste to dispose in the proper place.
And you’re all done! All that’s left for you now is to remove debris. There are proper yard debris removal techniques that you can also do in order to make the task easier. Once you’re done in your quest to clean leaves and all your other tasks concerning yard waste removal, we can now move on to the topic of lawn care.
We’re going to try and cover the various lawn problems and provide simple solutions, so let’s get started.
One of the most basic tasks that anyone needs to do when it comes to lawn maintenance is, of course, to mow it. We tend to worry about our lawn more during the spring and summer seasons since it’s more noticeable and apparent, but let’s not forget about it during the fall yard cleanup. If you’re planning to do the task of mowing the lawn in fall, then take out your lawnmower or grass cutter and get your lawn to 2 or 2.5 inches in height.
Another basic lawn care task is fertilization. Did you know that your grass grows even through fall? In fact, fertilizing it during this season is great in repairing the damage they took from the harsh summer that has passed.
Before you move on with your fertilization, though, it’s best to use a lawn aerator first to replenish any lost oxygen that your soil has lost. This will make your grass grow healthier and even improve drainage.
Speaking of drainage, that’s something you’ll need when improving the watering mechanics of your lawn. Install rectangular sprinklers for wide areas. On the other hand, small spot sprinkles are great for more compact and seeded spots.
If you want to apply other lawn treatments, now is the time. For now, let’s move on to the next part of our lawn repair steps.
We’ve talked about how to take care of seeded spots and parts that are still lush with growth. But what about the places that are clear and bare? It’s part of lawn care and landscaping to replenish the growth of your lawn. If you have fall landscaping ideas that you want to try or switch around, then now is the perfect time to put those plans into action!
Finally, the last item in our landscape maintenance is weed control (or lawn cure). Determine the type of weed you’re going to deal with first, then get a herbicide that can deal with them accordingly. There are also all-in-one products that serve as both pre and post-emergent herbicides. Just don’t forget to read the application instructions carefully.
Anyway, since we’re done with your trees and lawn, let’s take care of the garden next.
And by that, we mean all the plants that grow in your yard. Healthy plants should survive throughout the winter. However, there are cold-sensitive plants and trees that need to be protected or winterized.
To winterize trees, you can either cover their roots with compost mulch (which fertilizes them at the same time) or you can use a dormant spray that is specifically formulated to protect your trees from winter pests.
Another task that you can list down on your garden landscaping checklist is to build a raised garden bed. It can help you plant fall crops and prep your garden for next spring.
Finally, as part of your garden maintenance and garden cleaning, be sure to clear up any debris and weeds lurking in your garden to prevent winter bugs from making homes and multiplying in your garden.
Patio and Deck Maintenance
While you’re clearing up the debris in your garden, you should do the same on your patio as well. As part of your fall yard cleanup, remove any leaves and debris from your deck and give it a good washing. Just remember to dry it properly in order to prevent mold growth.
Don’t forget to protect your outdoor furniture as well. Doing so is a crucial part of deck maintenance. There are two steps that you can take: you can either keep them indoors for a while or you can purchase weather-resistant covers to protect them.
Whew! We’re finally done with all our fall yard maintenance tasks. We understand that it feels like a lot of work, but it actually spares you from more effort in the long run if you prepare your garden before winter arrives. Aside from that, by practicing the fall yard care tips we have shared with you above, we’re sure that you will have a better gardening year come spring with a healthier and fruitful garden than ever before. You will definitely meet all your yard landscaping goals. Good luck!