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Fall Landscaping Checklist

fall landscaping checklist

Fall means a kaleidoscope of colors, cooler temperatures, apple cider, and pumpkin spice everything. Fall also means that it is time to get your landscaping in shape for the cooler months ahead. We at Elite Landscaping and Sprinkler Repair have prepared the following fall landscaping checklist to help get you started.

Aerate the Soil: If you have noticed that water has difficulty penetrating through the soil surface, when you may want to aerate your lawn so that oxygen, water and fertilizer can easily reach the grass’s roots. You can rent a mechanical core aerator for about $30 to $75 for a few hours. You can find these at most garden centers. If you don’t feel like aerating yourself, hire a professional landscaping contractor.

Fertilize for Future Growth: Fall is also a great time of year to fertilize your lawn. Even if you only do this once a year, do it in the fall. The reason? Fertilizer delivers essential nutrients, which allows the grass to grow deep roots now, and keep nutrients on reserve for a healthy start to spring. You should apply a quality, dry fertilizer to all grassy areas, mid-to-late fall.

Reseed the Lawn: The best time to reseed your existing lawn is in the fall. The ideal time to reseed in most parts of Arizona is in late August or September. It will germinate while temperatures are relatively warm, then grow and mature as temperatures begin to cool, thus ensuring lush green grass in spring. Just make sure not to overseed.

Spread Mulch: Spread 2 to 3 inches of fresh mulch around shrubs and trees once in the fall and again in the spring. Mulch helps protect roots from frost and helps retain moisture during cold winter days. It also suppresses weeds and, overtime, mulches made from organic materials break down and increase your soil’s structure and fertility. Shredded hardwood, cocoa mulch, compost, and fresh wood chips all make good choices.

Plant Trees and Shrubs: Fall is actually the best time to plant new trees and shrubs. The combination of warm soil and cool air in the fall enables the establishment of strong root systems. September through late October are ideal for planting. When planting in the fall, select balled-and-burlapped or container-grown plants rather than bare-rooted plants, which should only be planted in early spring.

Do Some Pruning: A little work now results in healthy plants, shrubs, and perennials come spring. Prune to remove dead or broken branches as well as those with heavy disease or insect infestations. Mid-to-late fall is also a great time to complete some corrective pruning. Corrective pruning means removing parts of a plant that are not growing as they should.

Spread Mulch: Spread 2 to 3 inches of fresh mulch around shrubs and trees once in the fall and again in the spring. Mulch helps protect roots from frost and helps retain moisture during cold winter days. It also suppresses weeds and, overtime, mulches made from organic materials break down and increase your soil’s structure and fertility. Shredded hardwood, cocoa mulch, compost, and fresh wood chips all make good choice.