Many people do not know that the tasks performed in the fall are designed to help ensure a lush, green lawn again in the spring. Fall clean-up and preparatory landscape maintenance services are essential for both residential and commercial properties. The care that is provided must be well-timed and not solely according to the calendar. Certain environmental and weather considerations must be made to ensure that the work gets done before the first frost but not so early that the Rhode Island landscaping work ends up doing damage. This is why it pays to work with a professional team that can deliver consistent and dependable residential landscaping services and high-quality commercial landscaping services. Eastern Landscaping has many years of experience working for clients in the Northern Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts areas and can help you take care of your seasonal landscape maintenance for a beautiful lawn next year.
Clean-up, Mowing, and Irrigation
One of the most essential tasks in an autumn prep service is to clean up the lawn and the entire landscaping. We are inundated with more leaves in the New England area than most of the regions in the country, so most of us know about the damage that fallen leaves can do to a lawn. If left on the grass, they block the light and trap in moisture, which can cause a whole host of problems. Throughout the fall season, your commercial or residential landscaping services should be blowing, raking, and removing the leaves whenever they can. Once the trees are completely bare, it is essential to rake out all of the corners where the leaves pile up and remove any other debris that collects there. Spare bits of paper, plastic, trash, pine needles, pinecones, and other natural items should all be removed as well.
It is also important to begin adjusting the way that you mow and water the lawn. Grasses will continue growing until the first hard frost, so regular cuts will ensure that you maintain that ideal two-and-a-half to three-inch height necessary to prevent other seasonal issues, such as snow mold and rot. A lawn that is cut too short will also have problems, in particular with the root system, which is essential to survive the freezing temperatures and snow of winter. Make sure that your Rhode Island landscaping continues to get at least an inch of water a week, which can be supplemented with sprinklers or irrigation. By the middle to end of October, you will want to shut off the irrigation system, disconnecting all hoses and flushing the pipes to avoid freezing during the winter months. Continue checking to ensure your lawn gets enough water until that first hard freeze.
Soil Preparation and Prevention
Regular aeration is necessary to ensure that the soil does not become compacted. Aeration also works to prevent the growth of thatch, which is a very thick layer of roots, stems, and other natural debris, that can stop the soil from getting all of the water, nutrients, and oxygen it requires. Speak with your residential or commercial landscaping services about providing this type of soil preparation to ensure that your lawn comes in healthy in the spring. This approach will help you save a lot of time and money on future costs for Rhode Island landscaping that might otherwise have to be invested in maintaining quality landscaping aesthetics in the spring. Aeration should be completed right before fertilizing to allow the fertilizer to reach the roots where it is most needed.
Fertilizer and seed is the next phase of the autumn preparation for landscaping maintenance services in New England. Fertilizer helps to protect roots from freezing and gives the plant the energy that it needs to come back strong again in the spring. Most Rhode Island landscaping experts typically advise a late-fall application but make sure to consult with your professional commercial or residential landscaping services. Overseeding is a common practice in the northeastern states this time of year, as it helps to allow for new growth while the ground is still warm and the nights are cool. This should be done by a professional who can ensure that your efforts yield the best possible results. The seed must be in full contact with the soil and become established before it gets too cold, so timing is everything.
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