The Fall Landscaping Checklist

the fall landscaping checklistFall is an important season for yard care. It’s the last chance to prepare your yard for future use before the cold season of winter hits. It might be tempting to leave a lot of fall landscaping for the spring, but the more fall landscaping you do, the easier it will be to get your garden up and running in the spring.

Reseed grass

Grass seed needs a lot of water to germinate, which is why fall is an ideal time to reseed your lawn. Put down grass seed over any bare patches or any parts of the lawn that didn’t survive the harsh sun of summer. There should be enough rain to get the seed started, but make sure to check the weather forecast. If it’s nothing but sunny skies, be sure the water once a day for the first week, and then alternate days for the next two weeks. This will ensure that the grass seed has the opportunity to take hold.

Plant flowers

While you won’t see the benefits of planting flowers until the spring, Fall is actually a good time for planting. Bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, are best when planted in the fall. Likewise, a number of perennials can be planted. These will lay dormant over winter, but in spring and summer, they will come to life. It’s important to get plants and bulbs in before the first frost of the season. This varies across regions, but generally, you want to be done planting by October 31st.

As a bonus for planting perennials, many plant stores offer special deals in the fall. Take advantage of these low prices and stock up on flowers.

Prune trees and shrubs

This may seem like a spring activity, but it’s actually a really good idea to prune trees and shrubs as part of fall landscaping. This will help prepare for winter. Do be careful about pruning, though, because some bushes should wait for the spring. This included anything that blooms early in the spring like hydrangeas and lilacs. It can be tempting to start chopping away on your own, but to be sure, it’s always good to hire an expert who knows what to do.

Pack up supplies

Nobody wants to have dig through snow to find a forgotten tool. Make sure that all of your tools and equipment have been cleaned and stored before winter hits. Do a thorough walk-through of your yard to see if anything has been missed. Proper tool maintenance will lead to a longer life.

If your city has a yard waste pick up, check to see if it runs over winter. A lot of times cities don’t offer this surface from December to March, so be sure to put all grass clippings and tree branches in before the last pickup, or else you’ll be stuck with them all winter long.