Landscape maintenance tips for fall
We have had a delightful and mild fall this year, and for the first time in a couple of years, we have had the opportunity to savour the falling leaves and warm autumn afternoons. Nonetheless, as seasoned Calgarians, we know that the snow and winter are just around the corner.
One of the questions we get asked every year is how to prepare your landscaping to endure the harsh winter in the fall. So, we got our team of trusted landscapers in Calgary to develop some useful landscape maintenance tips for you to employ as we begin to transition into colder weather. Enjoy!
1. Decrease the height of your lawnmower!
If you are still mowing your lawn, we would suggest cutting your grass slightly shorter than you did during the summer. Shorter grass will help prevent snow mold. It is important to note that cutting your grass too short could kill the grass. Finding the magic length will allow for your grass to continue to maintain nutrients while also warding off the potential for thick snow mold in the spring. Our suggestion for an optimum cut would be about 2 inches.
2. Get rid of any weeds!
Now, we trust you have been keeping up with your weeds throughout the summer, but if you haven’t, now is the time. Weeds can become highly active in the fall when the weather causes the grass and other plant growth to be less active.
3. Rake in the fall!
Many people think that raking leaves should be reserved for the spring; however if you want to take premium care of your lawn, remove the leaves before the snowfalls. When the snow falls on top of decaying leaves, it can create a warm, moist environment for mold and insects, causing damage to your grass.
4. Preserve your perennials!
You can begin to prepare your perennials for winter after the first frost or when your plants start to yellow. This can be done by clean up debris in the flower bed or box and cut back any excess plant. The perennials will continue to process nutrients into the soil over the winter, so ensure that they are in perfect condition before they “go to sleep.”
5. Aerate your grass!
If time permits, aerating your grass in the fall can be very beneficial to the health of your lawn in the spring. Aeration will promote stronger grassroots, improve the nutrient and air exchange in the soil, and help prevent drainage issues. Aerate your grass in the fall for a thicker fuller lawn in the spring.