Fall is a crucial period for landscaping and backyard maintenance and will ensure a thriving Milton, MA, backyard during the spring time. The key is to start preparing it for the winter and provide everything it needs for the coming season of dormancy and spring growth. Here are a few basic services your landscape needs this fall:
Preventing Plant Diseases
Most plant diseases have the ability to survive during the winter period hidden within infected debris. Plant diseases can be found in the soil, fallen leaves, and dead branches that belong to the infected plant. So, hiring professionals that will remove all the debris and minimize the number of diseases before the winter starts will assure your garden contains only healthy soil ready for plantings.
Aside from preventing plant diseases, a thorough professional cleanup of dried leaves and other organic material will prevent their rotting becoming a breeding ground for mold and fungi. Fallen leaves and debris can also keep the lawn from getting enough sunlight, which it will need for later spring growth.
A tree inspection needs to be done by a professional that can recognize various symptoms of tree diseases and infections. A professional will also be able to take further actions for the prevention and treatment of tree disease. A common sign of infection is twisted and curled leaves. If you notice any of these signs, call a professional to prune or remove the damaged tree before the winter, or better yet, have your trees inspected to give you peace of mind. Snow and ice may cause damaged limbs to break off during the winter, making them a major hazard for you and your home. The removal of these during fall will help limit winter damage to your property.
Planting New Perennials
For homeowners that are interested in planting new perennials, cooler October temperatures create the ideal conditions for their growth. Towne Tree and Landscaping, Inc. can advise you on the best choice of trees and shrubs for your lawn for fall planting. These plants remain dormant through the winter and have enough time to develop strong roots in preparation for summer. Planting now is the best way to ensure bright colors and rich textures for your landscape come spring.
Testing Soil and Fertilization
Performing a soil test will give you valuable information about the condition of the soil in your landscape, determining the nutrients and pH requirements of your lawn and plants. If there is a need for making corrections by adding the right fertilizer, the soil will have plenty of time to repair before spring.
Fall is the perfect period for an annual lawn fertilization by a landscape professional. You can perform this process during spring, but because the roots of many plants continue to grow in the winter, providing nourishment in the fall may be necessary. Consult with our local landscaping professionals to determine the fertilization requirements for your landscape.
Aeration is a process usually performed during the fall and spring. This helps to break up compacted soil and ensure sufficient water and nutrient absorption before the winter frost takes hold.