For many families, autumn is a time when life seems to pick up pace. Mom and dad are busy with work, the kid are back in school, and the days get shorter. But, regardless of how busy you are, autumn landscaping isn't something that you can avoid. Before you get started, check out these common mistakes and learn how to avoid them.
Not Raking Your Leaves
Yes, the fall leaves are beautiful. But, that doesn't mean that you should use their beauty as an excuse not to rake. Fallen leaves can hide the sidewalk and your front steps. Also, they get slippery when they get wet. So, rake your leaves once per week in order to avoid unnecessary accidents. If you are short on time, you can use your lawn mower to mulch the leaves, which is actually good for your lawn. However, it's still important to pick up any twigs that fall into your yard and sweep the leaves away from your entryway and the sidewalk in front of your home.
Not Planting Spring Bulbs
Fall is the best time of year to start thinking about colorful spring flowers. But you have to act fast. It's important to plant your bulbs before winter's first frost so that the soil is still soft. Also, you need to make sure you plant the bulbs deep enough in the ground that they aren't affected when the ground freezes over. If you're unsure of how to plant spring bulbs and/or which bulbs to plant, hire a landscape contractor to take care of it for you. You'll be glad you did once you see your gorgeous spring gardens.
Neglecting Gardening Tools
It's common for people to leave their gardening tools out during the spring and summer, but if you want to keep your tools in good shape, you need to put them away for the winter. Before you store your tools, test each one to ensure it's in proper working order and clean it thoroughly.
Stop Fertilizing Your Lawn
Many people stop fertilizing their lawn during the fall season. However, your grass is growing at a slower pace—it hasn't completely stopped—so you shouldn't stop fertilizing your lawn. Instead, you need to alter your fertilization schedule. Contact a local landscaping contractor to create a fertilization plan based on the demographics in your area. Then, continue to fertilize your lawn throughout the fall season to help prevent damage in the winter.
If you don't have time to maintain your lawn and gardens in the fall, consider hiring a local landscaping contractor. Lawns that are well maintained throughout the fall season are less likely to be damaged due to the harsh winter weather.
For more landscaping tips, contact a company like European Stone Design.