Landscaping for the Season: Autumn
Autumn landscaping is your last chance to properly prepare your lawn for winter. Taking the right steps before winter rolls around is a crucial component to ensuring the curb appeal you have developed is protected from winter weather. Today, Nixa Lawn Service will discuss the landscaping steps you should take once fall rolls around.
Fall is actually the ideal time to spread mulch on your plants, even more than spring. It helps to protect your plant’s roots from frost and helps to retain moisture during a cold, dry winter. Spread around three inches of fresh mulch around shrubs and trees before winter begins.
Prune Dead or Dying Plant Life
Fall isn’t the ideal time to prune as it encourages growth when healthy plants are supposed to become dormant. However, fall is the perfect time to remove any dead or dying landscaping plants before winter arrives.
Wrap Your Delicate Shrubs
Winter snow and ice can wreak havoc on your delicate shrubbery. To keep these important landscaping elements from being damaged, wrap them in burlap. This can be done by driving wooden stakes into the ground around the perimeter of the shrubs, then wrapping the burlap around the stakes. Fasten the burlap to the stakes with wood staples to keep everything securely stay in place, ensuring your plants will be safely protected from winter weather.
Stock up on Discount Trees and Shrubs
Early fall is actually a great time to plant trees and shrubs, as long as it is before the ground freezes. The cooler weather puts less stress on young plants, plus many nurseries will often have sales in order to clear their inventory before winter. If you have summer annuals, it can be a good idea to swap them to a more season appropriate selection such as mums or pansies.
Water the Evergreens
If you have evergreens on your property, make sure all of them are sufficiently watered in September and October to help reduce the chance of dehydration during the winter. If you experience a rainy fall, this is an unnecessary step. However, if you receive less than four inches of rain for the month, a few thorough hour-long waterings can make up the difference.
Contact Nixa Lawn Service for Professional Landscaping
If you are unsure where to start with your autumn landscaping and want a professional team to handle it for you, there is no better choice than Nixa Lawn Service. We have been providing top-tier lawn care in the Springfield, MO area since 2000. To learn more about our service, contact our team at 417-724-0318.