Making The Right Fall Clean-Up Plan For Your Ontario Property
After a long spring and summer spent keeping your Ontario landscaping lush and beautiful, autumn can feel like the perfect time to kick back and take a well-earned break. In truth, autumn is the perfect time to make sure your lawn has everything it needs to be ready to flourish again come spring. After summer passes, your grass and plants start absorbing the energy, moisture, and nutrients they are going to need to ride out the winter. These are just several of the many different ways Lay Of The Land can help you with your fall clean-up, and make sure that when winter finally passes, you are treated to a vibrant and beautiful spring landscape.
As the autumn season draws to a close, it is important to give your lawn a fairly close shave. By cutting your lawn down lower, it allows more sunlight to reach the crown of your grass, and it will leave less of the leaf to brown during the winter. Keeping your grass short also makes it harder for blight to take hold, and helps leaves blow across your lawn instead of piling up since there is less for them to latch onto. When performing these final cuts, it is important to go low, but not so low that you make it difficult for your grass to continue producing food for itself.
Rake The Leaves
Raking the leaves in your yard isn’t the most glamorous of tasks, but it an essential one to be sure. If left in place, fallen leaves can form a blanket that covers and smothers your grass and can even breed fungal diseases. It is generally a good idea to get started as soon as they start falling as well since the leaves can quickly become wet from rain and dew, and meld into a near impenetrable mat over your lawn. This can also be a good opportunity to go through any flower beds and clean out diseased or dead foliage.
Fertilize And Fill In Bald Spots
If you fertilize your lawn only one time every year, autumn is the time to do it. While the blades of your grass may be growing slowly, the roots are going to continue growing at a quicker pace. By adding fertilizer to your lawn in the fall, your grass will have the nutrients it needs to spread strong roots and have a reserve ready for when spring comes back around. Autumn can also be a great time to fill in any bald spots on your lawn. The low grass will ensure that your new seeds don’t get smothered by other taller, and faster-growing grass or weeds.
Aerate Your Soil
Fall is also the ideal time to aerate your lawn and make sure that your grass and plant roots can get the oxygen, water, and fertilizer they need to help them survive the winter. Aerating your lawn will help to keep your soil from becoming too compacted, especially if yours is a yard that sees a lot of foot traffic, and it will give your grass roots room to grow more deeply so your lawn will come back strong in the spring.
Keep Weeds From Coming Back
Just like your grass and all the other plants in your garden, weeds are going to be drinking up everything they can in preparation for winter, including any weed killers you choose to hit them with. By applying weed killers and herbicides now, you can help ensure that those weeds won’t be coming back after the winter.