Fall is often a time for a little slow down. The summer has ended and the kids are back in school. Football games have started and the weather actually is allowing for some nice time outdoors. However, the landscape doesn't have to take a back seat in the fall. Below are a couple of tasks to do this fall that will pay dividends in the future.
- FERTILIZE THE TURF: Fertilization of the turf in the fall may just be the most important step to creating and maintaining a healthy lawn. The fertilizer now will help strengthen the root system and provide valuable resources the turf can use next spring.
- AERATE THE TURF: Aeration is a process of removing plugs from the top surface of the soil removing some of the potential thatch buildup and allowing more oxygen to the roots of the grass. Another potential benefit of aeration is the relief of compacted soil.
- PLANT A TREE: Surprised? The fall is a great time to be planting because even as the leaves drop and winter sets in, the roots are still active. This allows the tree a head start on next year's growing season. Just remember to give it some water during the winter.
- PLAN FOR NEXT YEAR: Maybe this fall is still too busy to get out in the landscape and actually do anything and that's ok. But take some photos or jot some notes down now of what you would like to see next year. Why now? Because in the late winter or early spring you may forget that the bare spot that looks like it needs a new shrub in the spring may have had the branches from the neighboring plant creeping into the space which will cause problems for both plants.
If you need any help getting some of the tasks fit into your busy schedule or want to start getting a jump start on next year's plan please feel free to give us a call at 785-539-1799.
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