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Fall Lawn Care

Dethatching should be done once a year.  Thatch is the layer of dead grass, roots, and debris that accumulates between the soil and grass.  Over time this can hinder water and air from getting to the soil.

Aeration pulls little corks of grass and dirt out of your lawn to allow nutrients, oxygen, and water to get to the soil.  It will loosen compacted soil.

Slit seeding will cut ¼ in furrows in the lawn and drop seeds in.  Fall is the best time to seed.  Summer heat is more stressful on lawns than winter dormancy. 

Fertilizing in the fall will strengthen your plants’ and lawns roots, giving them a strong base for next spring.

wers on new wood.  It is not recommended to do this every year because it can start growing weaker stalks.  Compost and mulch your hydrangeas and keep them well watered every week.  They are a wonderful addition to your garden.

 

Reasons to mulch anytime of the year

Mulch is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it has several benefits that it provides plants as well.  It acts as insulation for the root systems, protecting them from extreme temperatures.  Mulch also helps to retain water which can reduce the need to water as frequently, and it provides additional nutrients to the soil.  Mulch can also help prevent weeds from growing in landscape beds, and it provides a polished look to beds which make your plants pop.

Mulch should be installed every one to three years, depending on the type of climate you live in and what weather conditions your landscaping is exposed to.  Mulch is usually put in beds with a 2’’-3’’ depth.  There are different types of mulch that can be used in beds. Fertimulch is a finer, smaller grained mulch that adds more nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.  There is also Bark mulch, which is larger grains and helps control weeds better than Fertimulch, and is usually less expensive.  The aesthetic you are trying to achieve, along with your budget and soil needs, are some of the factors that affect which mulch people choose.

What to plant in the Fall

Didn’t have enough time this spring to plant everything you wanted?  Well here’s some great news!  There are a lot of plants that can be planted in the fall, so that next spring your garden will be a breeze. 

Planting in the fall is perfect for your plants.  Cool temperatures so the plants don’t scorch, but warmer ground so the roots have a good chance to grow is the perfect mixture for beautiful gardens. 

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