Fall Yard Clean-Up Checklist: Preparing Your Property for Autumn

Preparing Your Property for Autumn

As the vibrant colors of fall adorn the Massachusetts landscape, it’s time to ready your property for the changing seasons. Beyond the scenic beauty, fall offers a window to nurture your yard, ensuring it thrives in the coming months.

That’s why the residential landscaping professionals from Dracut Landscaping have collected a comprehensive checklist to guide you through the essential tasks to help you prepare for fall and winter.

1. Plant New Trees this Fall

Contrary to popular belief, autumn is an ideal time for tree planting in the northeast. The cooler temperatures support root growth before the demands of spring, setting the stage for healthier, robust trees. Ensuring the planting is completed before the ground freezes for optimal results.

2. Schedule a Fall Tree Pruning

Don’t wait until all the leaves have fallen. Fall pruning, regardless of leaf presence, is beneficial. It’s an opportune time to remove storm-damaged branches and stabilize tree limbs susceptible to heavy snowfall. Consulting a residential landscaping service for a tree assessment helps determine the best time for pruning.

3. Clean Up Your Fall Debris

Embrace fall clean-up to maintain a pest and disease-free environment. Clearing leaves and debris minimizes winter harboring spots for pests and fungal spores. Additionally, it facilitates composting and mulching while ensuring unobstructed access for dormant spraying on trees.

4. Consider Leaving the Leaves on the Ground

Consider a natural approach by leaving chopped-up leaves on the ground, benefiting soil enrichment. However, ensure none of your plants harbor pests or diseases before adopting this method. Utilize shredded leaves for composting or as natural mulch for your planting beds.

5. Add a Layer of Mulch

Protect tree roots from winter chill by applying a three-inch layer of organic mulch around the base. Organic mulch aids in temperature regulation, moisture retention, and root insulation. Remember to replenish the mulch periodically due to its natural breakdown.

6. Water Your Trees

Offer a deep drink of water to trees, especially younger ones, before the ground freezes. A slow trickle near the tree’s drip line encourages root expansion. Even established trees benefit from supplemental watering, especially during drier spells.

7. Prepare for Colder Temperatures

Safeguard sensitive or non-native plants by wrapping them in burlap. This protective layer shields them from road spray salt and potential deer damage, ensuring their well-being through the winter months.

Contact us today for fall residential landscaping services

By diligently following this checklist, you’re not only preserving your property’s aesthetics but also nurturing a healthier ecosystem. Learn more about our residential and commercial landscaping services, snow removal solutions, and plant installation by contacting us online or calling (978) 957-6243.

About The Author
Michael is a seasoned landscaper, providing services for commercial and residential clients in the Dracut area for over 20 years. Owner of Dracut Landscaping, Michael's team, can help create an ideal landscape for your property.

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