Fall is a beautiful time to be active in the yard. Every homeowner should be making a conscious effort to enjoy the autumn to the fullest before the winter season falls upon them. However, it’s important not to lose sight of the work and tasks that must be done to prepare your property for the winter and spring seasons to come.

In this article, we explore 6 common tasks that we recommend all property owners complete this fall season:

1. Overseed your lawn

If you’re finding that your lawn hasn’t grown thick enough, you may want to overseed the lawn. Overseeding should be done in early fall, which is necessary for germination. With fall germination, the young grass will need 2-3 months to repair itself before temperatures drop too low and growth stops.

2. Add fresh paint to your exterior home

The common misconception is that fall landscaping pertains only to living plants and the ground cover. That’s not entirely true. The exterior paint colour of your home plays a vital role in the overall look of your property. While some property owners opt for a new paint job, others look to retouch chipping paint and repair siding. Whatever you choose, know that every detail counts.

3. Clean up the leaves

Homes with mature and older trees fall victim to an excess of fallen leaves. Many property owners often get caught up in the beauty of the fallen leaves. Unfortunately, unraked leaves are unhealthy for homeowners, especially those that are allergy sufferers. Mould flourishes in piles of unraked leaves. An excess of leaves can also considered dangerous because they hide sidewalks and walkways that are cracked and can easily become wet and slippery for pedestrians underfoot.

4. Properly Store Away The Tools

Every autumn, your tools get put away in the shed or garage and are forgotten about until spring arrives. Before you let them “hibernate” for the cooler months, check to ensure they are working, cleaned off from dirt and debris, and stored properly. Don’t let soil, moisture or other debris make your tools unusable next year.

5. Mow! Mow! Mow!

Don’t stop mowing and watering, and your last cut should have the mower’s blade at a low setting so your lawn is shorter.  Why?  Shorter grass won’t burn out in the fall, and it will allow more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass.

6. Add Herbicide

Fall is the best time to finally get rid of stubborn weeds.  Apply a herbicide now and they won’t return in the spring.

There are many more ways to spruce up your property this fall. Call our award-winning property maintenance specialists today. We at Evergreen Landscapes have been revamping Southern Ontario landscapes since 1984 and have a proven track record of reliable, quality service and design excellence.