It can be hard to think about fall (or winter) during this time of year, but they are coming, and the work you do in your yard now can protect it through the coming months.
FALL YARD CARE TIPS
Proper fall yard care requires preparation. Start preparing for fall now with these yard care tips you can put into action today:
SEARCH FOR PESTS
Take a good look at your trees – especially your ash trees. Emerald Ash Borer is highly active during the summer months so it is the best time to spot infections. Because of this activity, the DNR recommends we don’t cut a diseased ash tree until late fall so we don’t spread the disease. Use the summer to spot infections so we can take care of the issue in the fall.
USE HIGH-QUALITY MULCH
We have talked about the importance of using mulch before, but using high-quality mulch today is going to prevent issues during the upcoming seasons. Poor-quality mulch can damage healthy soil with fungi or pests and you can’t replace mulch once it gets cold. Make the switch to better mulch today.
CUT YOUR GRASS CORRECTLY
In the summer about 2 inches is healthy because it shades the soil and traps in moisture. Once the weather begins to cool in late August or early September, gradually bring the cut length down. Cutting it all of at once will shock the grass, but you need it shorter in the winter so burrowing rodents don’t make your lawn their winder home. This would leave you will dead spots come summer and empty patches where the rodents pulled up grass to make their structures.
STOCK UP FOR A ONCE-OVER MANICURE
Near the end of summer lawn supplies is going to go on sale, so stock up because your lawn care is not done for the year. In late fall, you need to do what we call a once-over manicure. It is when you reseed, aerate and/or mow the lawn for the last time before it gets too cold.
Yard care is a year-round task. Share with us on Facebook how you prepare and make the chore easier on yourself.