Fall landscaping is kind of a celebration, a rite of the harvest and a great time to be active in the yard. But it also means that there’s a lot of work to be done. Mostly there are tasks that will prepare your yard for winter — and for the following spring.
Overseeding your lawn is one idea for fall depending on the condition of your current lawn. It means sowing seed over existing grass, in order to fill in the bare patches. Therefore, such a sowing makes sense only if the existing grass is healthy enough and abundant enough to be worth keeping. But if you have only 50% coverage, then you need to tear up the old lawn and start a new lawn from seed.
When all the plants in fall vegetable gardens and annual flower gardens have been harvested or are dead, fall is a good time for garden mulching. But prior to mulching gardens, take the following steps:
- Remove debris and if the debris is disease-free, you should compost it;
- Remove the weeds;
- Rototilling the soil and mix in some lime.
Another important task during autumn is raking leaves. The question is: when should you rake leaves? The general consensus is that leaving leaves on the lawn for more than three or four days is not a good idea. But there are other factors that must be taken into account. How thick is the layer of leaves? Have the leaves been matted down by rain? The thicker the layer and/or the wetter the leaves, the sooner you should rake or otherwise remove them.
Fall is a great time to plant your spring bulbs but don’t wait to late autumn. If you look forward to spring flowers like daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, fall is the time to plant them. In our area, the best time to plant is September and October.
We’re often asked when is the best time to plant trees? In general, the best time for planting trees is late winter or early spring. If that doesn’t fit your schedule, then aim for autumn (late September and October). Summer’s a bad choice, because the weather’s too hot and the actively growing plants too susceptible to damage.