As the growing season winds to an end, it seems reasonable to assume that
outdoor maintenance might also take a breather for the year. Landscape
experts, however, would disagree, citing fall as the most opportune time to
tend the landscape, allowing it to thrive the following year.
A late season application of lawn fertilizer, particularly in areas where
cold weather grasses dominate, can nourish the root system, preparing it
for the spring growing season; a soil test will help ensure proper amounts
of nutrients are being applied.
Fall is also a great time to reseed lawn that is exhibiting signs of
distress. Homeowners residing in Old Saybrook CT, Old Lyme CT, Niantic CT,
Lyme CT, and Essex CT will want to sow before the end of September for
optimal results. Applying a quarter inch of topsoil will help ensure
Weed maintenance can be addressed in fall with one or two applications of
selective herbicide, or spot treatments using non selective varieties.
Natural formulations are also readily available.
Tidying up the remainder of the landscape by removing dried and dead plant
material, and other unwanted foliage will help save time when spring
arrives. Resist the desire to prune in fall, however, and save that chore
for spring, when pruning promotes new growth. Instead, consider
transplanting trees and shrubs that, without the added stresses of summer
weather, will focus their energies on root growth. Creating new gardens out
of perennials still in bloom will also help homeowners visualize a mature
landscape. A light dressing of mulched leaves on the lawn, in flowerbeds,
and around trees will have added nutritive value and provide protection
Homeowners residing in Old Saybrook CT, Old Lyme CT, Niantic CT, Lyme CT,
and Essex CT can find additional information regarding fall season
landscaping at www.colonellandscaping.com.