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As the growing season winds to an end, it seems reasonable to assume that outdoor maintenance might also take a breather for the year. Landscape experts, however, would disagree, citing fall as the most opportune time to tend the landscape, allowing it to thrive the following year.
A late season application of lawn fertilizer, particularly in areas where cold weather grasses dominate, can nourish the root system, preparing it for the spring growing season; a soil test will help ensure proper amounts of nutrients are being applied.
Fall is also a great time to reseed lawn that is exhibiting signs of distress. Homeowners residing in Old Saybrook CT, Old Lyme CT, Niantic CT, Lyme CT, and Essex CT will want to sow before the end of September for optimal results. Applying a quarter inch of topsoil will help ensure germination.
Weed maintenance can be addressed in fall with one or two applications of selective herbicide, or spot treatments using non selective varieties. Natural formulations are also readily available.
Tidying up the remainder of the landscape by removing dried and dead plant material, and other unwanted foliage will help save time when spring arrives. Resist the desire to prune in fall, however, and save that chore for spring, when pruning promotes new growth. Instead, consider transplanting trees and shrubs that, without the added stresses of summer weather, will focus their energies on root growth. Creating new gardens out of perennials still in bloom will also help homeowners visualize a mature landscape. A light dressing of mulched leaves on the lawn, in flowerbeds, and around trees will have added nutritive value and provide protection from frost.
Homeowners residing in Old Saybrook CT, Old Lyme CT, Niantic CT, Lyme CT, and Essex CT can find additional information regarding fall season landscaping at www.colonellandscaping.com.