Most people do not realize that September is a great time to spruce up your yard. Fall landscaping gives you a head start on spring and the temperatures are perfect for gardening. Most plants go through a stage of deep root growth during this season as well. There is no better time than now to start on the yard of your dreams!
Speaking of roots, the best way to get nice, green grass in the spring is to make sure it grows strong in the fall. This is a perfect time to promote root growth in your lawn because the cool weather does not allow for many weeds to grow. If you notice that water gathers on top of your grass after rain, you may want to consider aerating your yard. Early fall is also a good time to spread fertilizer. It is recommended to spread at the start of the season and again right before the first frost of winter.
Trees and shrubs are next on the list. The cooler weather makes it perfect for transplanting and planting because the roots won’t dry out too much. Since they aren’t producing leaves during this season, this is a prime season for root growth. Pruning is also good to do during this time because it is easier to see the branches as the leaves fall off.
Annuals and perennials need to be planted early in order to get their roots established before winter. Fall is the perfect time to prepare for spring. Nurseries get very busy during the spring season but are often slow during the fall. So jump ahead of the crowd and think ahead toward the coming months! You don’t have to wait until spring to plant spring flowers. Flowers with bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, and crocuses need the winter to trigger their growth in the spring.
Last but not least, we all know that with fall comes leaves. While the most daunting task of your autumn yard ventures, a heavy-duty blower will become your best friend. If a leaf blower is not in the cards, a rake will do just fine. In fact, raking them onto a tarp may be the easiest way to get rid of them. After getting them all onto the tarp, you can easily transport them wherever they need to go. Turning the leaves into mulch is also an option. Leaves can be a good source of nutrients for your other plants.
As you can see, September is a great time to get outside and do some yard work. With a little research and a lot of time, you can have a gorgeous landscape that all the neighbors will be jealous of. It is the perfect compliment to your beautiful home.