Your Home: Fall landscaping
The snow isn't on the ground just yet, but our Ryan Peterson has some tips to take care of your yard and landscaping so it will look its best come spring.
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We talk a lot about landscaping during the spring and summer months, giving you tips on how to make your yard look its best and greenest. Well, guess what? There are some things you should be doing now, as well, to ensure that your lawn will still look its best after the snow's gone.
"There is some nutrients in the leaves. So if you do leave some leaves or chop them up with a mulching mower, it actually does benefit the soil. Nutrients do, kind of, recycle themselves. You don't want a build-up though, so rake them up as they fall," explained Matt Einhorn, landscaping expert.
As far as that decorative landscaping goes, it's time to tend to those perennials and bring in any tropical plants you have had outside for the summer.
"Any delicate perennials, day lilies or black eyed susans, you want to cut them. As far as bringing any plants inside, unless you've had any tropical plants outside on your patio during the summer, bring that inside. Any plant that's in the ground should be hearty enough to withstand the winter," said Einhorn.
If you're looking to add some bursts of color to your yard come spring time, now's the time to get those bulbs in the ground, before it's frozen, so they bloom when they're supposed too.
Einhorn added, "Tulip bulbs, dafodils, it's the perfect time to do it. You put them in the ground now and come spring time you'll have beautiful flowers."
One more thing, for your grass, Einhorn recommends aerating the lawn, over-seed it and then put a winterizing fertilizer down to protect it while it lies dormant under all that snow.