It’s not uncommon for most landscaping to begin looking a bit “messy” as the fall season rolls around. Leaves are falling, some plants may be going dormant, and shrubs may start to look overgrown. As someone who cares about the look of their landscape, the last thing that you want is a mess.
That’s why you might be thinking about your fall cleanup landscaping needs.
In fact, you might be wondering what services are needed most. There are quite a few fall cleanup services that ought to be performed to keep your landscape looking tidy. In order to help you know which are the most vital, we’ve put together this handy guide that includes all of the important fall cleanup tasks.
Your Fall Cleanup Checklist
Here are the landscape services that are vital when it comes to not only ensuring your landscape looks its best but also that its value is protected as you head into the winter season.
Getting the leaves up, off your property is an essential fall cleanup task. Many of the properties that we care for in Northern Texas have multiple trees, and that can create a lot of leaf cleanup. In fact, oftentimes, it requires multiple visits in order to make sure that all leaves are picked up.
Why does it matter?
For one, it obviously makes the property look neater. But there’s much more to it than that. Fallen leaves can actually become a habitat for rodents and other unwanted pests to come find shelter. This is particularly concerning around the foundation of your home, where they may try to find their way in. But fallen leaves can also cause trouble for your grass. Areas that are left matted under heavy leaf cover can begin to die. It’s best to get leaves off your lawn so that it can have easy access to the sun.
Cutting back perennials and ornamental grasses on your property is another important fall cleanup task. As these plants begin to go dormant, they can become an eyesore. But fall cutbacks are also important because it will help these plants to look better in the spring. New spring growth will emerge once spring does roll around.
Pruning certain trees and shrubs is also part of fall cleanup landscaping. Just make sure that you work with a professional who knows which trees and shrubs need to be trimmed and at what time of year. Generally speaking, weather conditions and the type of shrubs that you have will dictate how often (and when) they need to be trimmed.
✓Fall Irrigation Checkup/Shutdown
Late season irrigation checkups, to ensure that everything is in good working order, is important. This will also include a controller adjustment as watering needs will decrease (or not be needed at all) over the winter. A decent number of our clients will request an irrigation shutdown in the fall.
There are several key fall enhancement services that we are often asked to do and therefore can be considered part of a fall cleanup checklist. These include the following.
Seasonal Color: Adding fall flowers to your landscape can help it look colorful and bright even as many other plants around your property begin to go dormant.
Sod Installation: The fall is a good time to plant sod, since it will be going dormant and won’t have to be watered constantly or deal with the stress of spring or summer heat while newly planted.
Mulch: Fall is a great time to add mulch and give your plant beds a fresh, clean look. This can be performed in conjunction with seasonal color or on its own.
Holiday Lighting: If you’re really looking to enhance the overall look of your property then you might also consider adding holiday lighting, a service that we begin in the fall.
Leave Fall Cleanup to the Pros
While you might be tempted to perform some of these services on your own, the truth is, there’s a lot more to fall cleanup than most people realize. Chances are, you’re busy. That means the last thing you really feel like doing is spending your weekend raking leaves or attempting to deadhead all of your plants.
That’s why you can leave fall cleanup to the pros, and spend your time in a better way.
If you truly want the best lawn on the block, then fall clean up of your landscaping should be part of your Total Maintenance Package. That way you never have to worry about having a messy property again.
Ready to get a fantastic-looking property at your Flower Mound, Highland Village, or Lewisville, TX home—no matter what the season? Get a free quote and then enjoy the best landscape with no worries!