It’s October and already it feels like winter in Michigan. Our landscapes are already showing the signs and smell of autumn. That means it’s time to get out there and get our yards and homes ready for winter while there’s still time.
Rake Your Leaves
While the colorful leaves look great on your trees, soon they will drop off and cover your lawn. In forests, these leaves would break down and feed the tree’s nutrients. However, when leaves lay on our lawns they immediately block out all light and create a moist dark environment for fungus and lawn diseases. So get out there and rake, rake, rake!
Put Your Leaves To Good Use
As we mentioned above, leaves are full of nutrients. In a forest setting, they act as fertilizer for the trees. Even though it’s not good for leaves to sit on your lawn, you can still get some use out of them. You can use your leaves as mulch in your gardens, flower beds, or around your trees. You can even use them to start or add too, your compost pile. Leaves break down fast and make great fertilizer for you to use in the spring.
Other things you can compost include:
- Fruit scraps
- Vegetable scraps
- Coffee grounds
- Fresh green garden trimmings
- Grass trimmings
- Corn cobs and stalks
Continue to Monitor Weeds
Weeds are sneaky. Even if you have been keeping up on weed control throughout the summer, there is a good chance one or two snuck in. Targeting weeds in the fall means using post-emergent weed control. These products kill the weed but do not harm your grass. Taking care of weeds in the fall will make your weeding job easier in the spring.
Check Your Gutters For Clogs
Gutters are an important feature of your home that you should not overlook. Gutters and downspouts direct water away from your home so it does not settle around the foundation of your home. Over time, gutters can become clogged with leaves and twigs. This can cause water to back up, overflow, and flood your flower gardens below. Water that settles around your foundation can freeze, causing cracks in the foundation. We don’t need to tell you how expensive that can be. It pays to check your gutters and downspouts every fall to make sure everything is flowing properly.
Tree and Shrub Care
Fall lawn care for trees and shrubs consists of fertilization and pest control. To properly fertilize mature trees can pose a problem. The roots are so big and so deep, how can you properly fertilize a tree? With a process called deep root feeding. Deep root feeding uses high-pressure to inject fertilizers deep into the root zone of the tree. This is extremely effective in boosting the look and health of your mature and young trees.
Get The Best Lawn and Tree Care From Top Lawn
Battling mosquitoes is a constant effort in Michigan. At Top Lawn, we can give you peace of mind. With our year-round mosquito control program, we can protect your yard from annoying mosquitoes. Continued follow-up applications throughout the year ensure you and your family are protected.