Fall landscaping brings iconic images of apple-cheeked children jumping in piles of multicolored leaves. Follow these guidelines in our fall landscaping checklist and you can expect a gorgeous spring. If your property maintenance has grown beyond your time capacity, give us a call.
At Hittle Landscaping, we’ve worked with clients for over 40 years in the Indianapolis area. We know what to do every season of the year. We can deploy a team to handle your fall landscaping checklist needs and give you back the time to enjoy this glorious season.
Hittle’s Fall Landscaping Checklist
- Care for trees and shrubs. Growth has slowed down for winter and temperatures are reasonable. Take this opportunity to prune dead wood from trees and shrubbery.
Don’t be afraid to be aggressive. Most plants, like hydrangeas, need to be cut back in order to bloom well in the spring.
- Prevent critter nests. Set aside your sympathies for this fall landscaping checklist item. Critters can multiply quickly and wreak serious havoc on your property.
Take steps to reduce the chance of rabbit or rodent damage by adding barriers, such as metal mesh. Using a shovel, pull much away a few inches from tree trunks. Rodents gravitate to the warmth of the mulch over winter.
- Feed your lawn. To assist your lawn’s recovery from the stress of summer, feed it a high-nitrogen fertilizer. If your grass clippings aren’t too dense, leaving them to compost naturally into the lawn adds nitrogen also.
If your property has more naturalized or wooded areas, this is a great idea. And an easy fall landscaping checklist item to check off!
- Remove fallen leaves from the grass, especially large varieties like sycamore and maple leaves. Larger leaves or dense piles become wet and smother the grass. Don’t forget to take your allergy medication.
Leaves, especially wet ones, can breed mold and mildew, releasing the spores into the air. These spores can settle on your hair and clothes. Be sure to shower afterwards so you don’t transfer allergens to your pillowcase.
- Bulbs! Plan accordingly. Some bulbs are perennials and some are annuals. You may want to invest in naturalizing varieties, especially if you have expansive grounds.
Also, plan for flowers of different heights and differing bloom times. Some are early spring and may have a second bloom. Others may not. It can help to draw a map as you plan your bulb gardens.
- Indiana’s planting zone ranges from 5b to 6b. If you have flowers such as gladiolas, begonias or other tuber varieties, now is the time to dig them up. Allow to air dry and pack in dry peat moss. Store in a cool location until ready to plant in spring.
- Apply mulch to sparse areas. Celebrate with some cider. Your fall landscaping checklist is finished!
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Locally-owned and operated, Hittle Landscaping is prepared to apply our trademark attention to detail to any challenge. To explore how our landscape design may beautify and improve your property, call Hittle Landscaping today for a free consultation.