If you are new to lawn care and landscaping in mid fall, you probably are bombarded with plenty of recommendations and advice on how to better take care of your property. However, since this is Connecticut and Mother Nature has a funny sense of humor in these parts, you need to sort through the information and make sure you distinguish truth from myth. Today, our landscaping Weston, CT professionals want to give you a heads-up regarding what to do and what to refrain from when it comes to maintaining your property this time of year.
1. You Don’t Need to Water the Property
This is Connecticut, so you might expect those 2” of rain announced by the weatherman for another two weeks, or you can take out the hoses and get ready to water, only to learn that the skies have opened and it pours like the end of the world. Bottom line is that you shouldn’t rely solely on the weather to keep your turf and plants in shape. Have your landscaping Weston, CT specialists design you a watering schedule or install you an irrigation system.
2. Dandelions Need to Be Controlled in Spring
Early fall includes a rather mandatory pre-emergence weed control. Some think that dandelion and henbit control is performed in spring only, forgetting that these weeds have the time of their life in mid autumn. You need to have some weed control measures at hand because you want to eradicate dandelions starting with their roots now, until it is not too late.
3. Fallen Tree Leaves Should be Discarded
From a landscapist’s point of view, leaving dead and dry leaves spread and piled up all over the place is an aesthetic insult. Moreover, such dry leaves’ piles invite diseases, pests and wildlife (which will come anyway). But don’t waste an amazing source of soil nutrients! Rake the leaves and turn them into shreds. Put the shreds in your compost heap for a boost of fertilizers or mix the leaves with wood and bark chips to make a gorgeous looking mulch layer for trees and flower beds.
4. All Landscape Covers Work the Same
While there are plenty of landscape ground covers that protect the soil and the newly planted seeds, some natural and some artificial, under no circumstance should you add plastic ground covers under trees, in gardens or flower beds. Usually, landscape fabrics are installed under the mulch layer for a plus of protection against frost, pests and weeds, but plastic chafes and suffocated the roots.
5. Wildlife Isn’t Problem in Cold Months
Since deer, rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels, voles or groundhogs don’t spend their fall and winter months inside the house having a hot cup of tea, they will be roaming outside and find plenty of sources of food on your property. New seedlings are just like candy to them and your freshly planted daffodil bulbs are a constant source of entertainment. Killing wildlife is not an option, but you can limit their impact by installing fences and landscape covers with the help of your local landscaping Weston, CT specialists.