Fall Planting Tips
Fall is the time when many do-it-yourself gardeners wind down their activity and think about closing up the shed for the season. However, the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) notes that fall is a great time to plant trees, shrubs, and some annuals as well as to plan a winterizing strategy.
PLANET advises homeowners to think about the following fall tasks:
Pull weeds. Do it now and you’ll have fewer weeds next season.
Rake and remove the leaves in the yard to avoid damage to the grass so you can enjoy a healthier lawn next summer.
Give trees and shrubs a deep watering after the leaves on the trees drop and just before turning the outside water off for the season.
Cut most perennials back close to the ground.
Wash gardening sprayers with soapy water before storing.
Clean, oil, and sharpen gardening tools before storing for the season.
Shut off water lines to the outside.
For consumers who are looking for assistance maintaining their lawns and landscapes or to install new ones, finding the right landscape professional is essential says PLANET. Reliable references for quality landscape professionals often come from family and friends. Consumers can also contact their local, state, or national trade associations for referrals, or they can visit the PLANET website at LandcareNetwork.org/findaprofessionalto find a landscape professional or lawn care specialist near them.