5 Cleanup Items To Focus On This Fall
Fall truly is one of the loveliest times of year – the leaves are vibrant with color, the weather is changing from sweltering to crisp, and we are settling into a season of comfort. Fall also happens to be one of the most important times to keep up with lawn and landscape maintenance. Topeka Landscape is here to help you keep up with these tasks so your lawn and landscape beds will be ready to thrive when spring rolls around. Our fall clean up services are available until the first snow fall, so reach out to us today to get started!
What should fall cleanups include?
- Aeration. Whether your lawn is in seemingly good health or in obvious need of care, core aeration is an important aspect of routine lawn maintenance, and fall is a great time to do this! Aeration also pairs nicely with over-seeding, so take advantage of the temperate fall weather while it’s here! Learn more about aeration here.
- Leaf removal.Your yard needs a good amount of air and sunlight to maintain good health, so be sure to get the fallen leaves off your lawn. If you (like most people) dread this seasonal task, keep in mind that we offer leaf removal and will happily do it for you! We will bag and haul away leaves and debris, and we offer one-time cleanup or regular maintenance, whichever you prefer. The leaves are already falling, so get in touch today!
- Trim up limbs and branches. Diseased or old and brittle branches often don’t survive the winter, instead breaking off and falling onto your lawn. This can be dangerous for residents, and pose a potential risk to your home as well (especially roofs!). Be sure you handle dead branches before a chill sets in, and if the job is too big or too dangerous for you, our experts can always help!
- Do some mulching. Young greenery is at quite a bit of risk for the first couple winters they encounter. Laying down a fresh bed of mulch before the chill of winter sets in can insulate them against the cold, and to fight off soil erosion and water runoff problems throughout the season.
- A “last time” mow.When you’re sure your grass has finished growing for the year, give it one last good mow. This helps to keep your landscape free of catching fallen leaves, and makes the cleanup as the season progresses far easier. It also helps mitigate the risk of disease taking root in fall and contaminating your grass’ roots.
The Benefits of Fall Cleanups:
- Keep your yard looking nice. The landscaping around your home is important to you, and you want your investment to look nice year-round. Doing upkeep in the fall will help make sure your lawn doesn’t have dead patches and that your beds are ready to flourish when spring returns.
- Lessen your workload next spring. Sure, snow will eventually cover up leaves and debris, but it won’t remove them for you. All of that debris will still be there waiting for you next spring and if it has been sitting on your lawn all winter, dead spots can be expected.
- Eliminate the potential for harboring unwanted plant diseases. Fallen leaves and yard debris breed different bacteria and mold that are hard on plants. In addition, this debris can also contain and protect fungus spores and bacteria that can be harmful and potentially fatal to plants. Keeping your landscape and lawn clean will help maintain the quality of your yard for next year.
- Reduce the potential for harboring wintering insects and pests. Many kinds of invasive insects spend their winter underground and in the shelter of fallen leaves and debris that have collected at the base of plants. These piles of leaves and debris create a nice, warm place for them to hide, so doing fall clean ups helps slim down the chance of keeping unwanted pests around for next year.
How do you get started?
Getting started with fall clean ups is easy! Get in touch with us and we can talk more about what you’re looking for specifically. We’ll do all the yard work so you can spend your time doing more of the things that you love.