Autumn’s gently tumbling leaves seem so peaceful, but they are also a reminder that winter is coming. Fall landscape maintenance tasks are just as important to the health and beauty of your landscape as they are in spring and summer. Preparing your landscape for the coming colder months is essential to keep it healthy and prosperous all year. Winter can be very damaging to your backyard. Luckily, now is the ideal time to take care of some important outdoor and landscaping maintenance. Below you will find PA Landscape Group’s essential outdoor prep list for the fall!

Cut Back Perennials and Remove Annuals

While you can leave spent stems and seed heads on grasses and perennials until spring, a cleaner and more maintained look will be achieved if they are cut back. Fall is the perfect time to do this, to a height of about 6-8″ off of the ground. Unlike perennials, annuals do not come back from season to season so there is no reason to leave these in the ground. Pull them up, roots and all, and add them to your compost pile.

Trim and Prune Your Trees and Shrubs

Trimming and pruning landscape plants, trees, and shrubs in the fall will help it to maintain its look throughout winter and into spring. A good starting point for pruning any plant is to remove dead, diseased, or damaged stems as soon as you see them. Dead stems attract insects and invite diseases to develop. Cut most perennials back close to the ground.

Continue Watering Your Trees

Give trees and shrubs a deep watering after the leaves on the trees drop and just before turning the outside irrigation off for the season. Even though it is cooler in the fall, lawns still need regular watering to maintain plant health and better survive winter conditions. Water until the ground begins to freeze.

Seed and Fertilize Your Lawn

Fall is a great time to fertilize and seed your lawn to give it that extra boost it needs to get through the cold winter and come out green on the other side during spring. Fall is the ideal time to give your lawn the TLC it needs after the heat and activity of summer and before the harsh winter months. Generally, cool-season grasses should be fertilized September through November and warm-season grasses should be fertilized a bit earlier.  Seed dead or bare spots and over-seed the full lawn to get dense, plush grass, rich in color. This essential list of fall preparations will have your yard ready for winter. If this seems like a lot to manage this fall, our Total Property Maintenance Package handles all this and more. From start to finish we can help you prepare your yard for fall and keep it safe throughout winter. And it will make all of the difference when things begin to bloom again in the spring.