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Tips for Fall Yard Care
Posted on Oct 25th, 2015

Fall is here and it will be time to prepare your landscape for winter. Here are some helpful tips you can use in your landscape as the seasons change:
  • Excessive leaves left on lawns can cause suffocation and rot because of excessive moisture. Mulching leaves into laws is a great source of extra fertilizer. Mulched leaves break down quickly and provide great nourishment.
  • Frost will kill annual flowers such as begonias that cannot survive freezing temperatures. Removing them either just before the first frost or right after can save a messy job!
  • As with any season, edging along sidewalks and keeping weeds out of flower beds and areas around trees keep everything looking crisp and sharp.
  • Certain boardleaf weeds survive over winter in the lawn like Dandelions so they can quickly bloom in the spring. Consider applying a selective herbicide in late September-early October when the weeds are actively growing. They are storing food in their roots for the winter so this will be a great time to control them.
  • Often in the fall we have periods of dry weather. Don’t be the first to winterize your irrigation system. Although it may be cool and the leaves are falling, the plants in your landscape are actively storing water in their system for the long winter ahead. This is a critical time of the season for your plants. Plants are actively taking up water until the ground freezes. They actually perspire during the winter, especially Broadleaf Evergreens like Boxwoods. With the harsh winters we often have, we see the highest losses in landscape due to winter moisture stress.
  • Fall is the best time to overseed your lawn. Our lawns are heavily used and can greatly benefit from an annual round of overseed in the fall. Choose a mixed blend of seed that suits your conditions like “Shade” for areas that are in heavy or partial shade. Red Fescue blends are great for shady lawns! Overseed in late September to give the new seed time to germinate and harden off before winter. Remember to keep the lawn moisture while overseeding.
  • Wrap young tree trunks with Crepe Paper in later November to prevent Sunscald on the truck, especially Maple, Pear, Tulip Trees, Sycamore, Crabapples and any trees that have thin young bark. We commonly see high mortality rates in these trees due to Sunscald. Quickly remove the Crepe Paper in April once temperatures are consistently above freezing.
  • Want to prune your deciduous trees? Consider waiting until the trees are dormant. Dormant pruning of deciduous trees leaves them the less susceptible to insect and disease pressures caused from pruning. In fact, all Oak trees should only be pruned during the dormant season in order to help prevent them for contracting Oak Wilt. This is a deadly disease effecting Oaks throughout Michigan. It enters the vascular system of the tree through open wounds. Once the Oak contracts the disease, it will almost certainly die from it.
 
Thanks to Brandon Bunt for providing many if the tips in this article. Bandon is the Owner of Infinitely Green Landscaping, the company used to care for our property.
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