No, you didn’t wander into a Game of Thrones site. But Fall is here and it’s time to prepare. Check out these 6 Fall Lawn Care Steps to Take Right Now from Popular Mechanics. Popular Mechanics? Really? Yup. Here are the 6 tips: 1 Keep on Mowing; 2. Aerate the soil 3. Rake the leaves 4. Fertilize 5. Fill in Bald Spots and 6. Weed Control. For details on each of these visit PopularMechanics.com. Meanwhile Roger Cook of This Old House says: With summer’s heat and dryness at an end, September is the best month to lay the groundwork for next year’s lush lawn. That means aerating the turf—to reduce compaction and make it easier for fertilizer and water to reach the roots—and reinvigorating thin areas with compost and seed. Before you start, get a soil test so that you know the type and amount of amendments to add. (Repeat the test in three to five years.) Then follow the steps posted on thisoldhouse.com.
The growing season is over. Here are some tips for your lawn for October:
Be sure to remove leaves, sticks and other debris from the lawn. Leaves will block sunlight from reaching the grass blades, and they will be harder to remove in the spring when they are wet.
Remember to prepare your mower for winter storage: remove the spark plug, drain the oil and gas. Clean off all the grass clippings and get the blade sharpened now to avoid the spring rush.
Take care of your feathered friends and keep those bird feeders filled.
Homeguides.com says: Wet areas in the lawn become muddy when walked on, and grass can also die after being submerged in water for too long. Subsurface drains, man-made ponds, landscape contouring and proper cleanup after floods can help fix wet areas in a yard. Water flows from high elevations to lower ones; it is possible to intentionally contour a lawn so that water flows into drains or ponds instead of creating wet and muddy areas in the grass.
Hardscaping is an attractive feature and offers many appealing options, from a rustic stacked wall to a fully developed outdoor living room and kitchen. Once you’ve decided to create an outdoor space, you must plan carefully to meet your hardscaping goals. Visit hgtv.com (link below) to read more. Then give us a call for your free consultation!
When it comes to creating a landscape plan, the most difficult thing is often the starting point. Better Homes and Gardens’ collection of plans and ideas makes it easy to fill your entire yard. Start by seeing the dramatic transformation of spaces in before-and-after. Visit bhg.com to read more. Then give us a call for your free consultation!
Check out the article "How to Illuminate Your Yard With Landscape Lighting" on HGTV.com. If it gives you some ideas for your own backyard, call us for a free estimate.