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A “Do This, Not That” List For Fall Yard Clean Up

A “Do This, Not That” List For Fall Yard Clean Up

Make Fall Yard Clean Up More Satisfying & Enjoyable With This “Do This, Not That” List

fall landscapingHonestly, who can call fall yard clean up work when it’s done in that cusp between summer and autumn? Here at Country Landscape and Supply, early autumn is one of our favorite times of year. The sky above is so often a clear, almost crystal blue, the air just crisp enough to give you energy and the temperatures still have you putting around in the yard in a cotton shirt or, at most, a lightweight flannel. It’s a time to savor the out-of-doors and breathe in the scents of fall while enjoying the simple gardening tasks of fall landscaping and fall yard clean up. 

A perfect time, too, to reap the rewards of your day in the yard and garden by admiring your handiwork while relaxing on your patio. Maybe daydream a bit on your plans to add some hardscaping features to make the garden or patio really come to life.

Of course, this precious transition from late summer to the colder months is fleeting. So while there’s plenty about fall gardening and fall landscaping to savor, you don’t want to waste this golden season on fall yard clean up chores that aren’t really necessary during this time of year. Better to focus on where the touch-ups, tidy-ups and replants are most needed.

That’s why it’s a good idea to plan a “Do This, Not That” Autumn Garden List. Don’t have one? No worries. We here at Country Landscape and Supply already have one ready-made for the fall season.

A “Do This, Not That” List For Fall Yard Clean Up

Do This!

  1. Late Summer/Early Fall is the time to get those trees, shrubs and perennials planted during your fall yard clean up. The temps are cooler, the rain is more abundant, yet the soil temperature is still nice and warm. New trees, shrubs and perennials love this time of year. Their root growth will be exponential as they stretch out into their new fall landscaping, and you’ll see the rewards of your autumn planting through energetic above-the-ground growth during spring of next year.
  2. Tidy up tired, drooping or dead foliage from your flowering bushes and remove any plants that are diseased or too weak to make it through the winter. But the cooler days of early autumn are not the time to do composting. The compost mound isn’t likely to heat sufficiently to destroy pathogens.
  3. During your fall yard clean up, autumn is a great time to get your soil tested. This is usually a less busy time for the testing laboratories, which means you are likely to receive results more quickly. An extra bonus is that you can add most of the recommended minerals or chemicals to your yard and garden (the exception to this rule is nitrogen) in autumn, allowing the soil to settle during the colder months.
  4. Prep those spring-blooming flowers (like irises, primroses or brunnera) by dividing them in the fall. Many late-bloomers can be divided during early autumn as well (like black-eyed Susans, day lilies or hostas).

Not That!

  1. Tempted to cut away the dead stalks of seed- or berry-bearing spring and later blooming plants like sunflowers, black-eyed Susans or sunflowers as long as you’re busy dividing them? Not that! Many types of birds feed on these seed- or berry-bearing floras during the winter months. Not only will you be a good steward of nature by leaving this valuable food source for them, your family will get the added pleasure of watching wild life while sipping your morning coffee or enjoying a hot cocoa at dusk.
  2. Thinking of getting rid of those old logs, dead ground cover or that brush pile during your fall yard clean up? Not that! It may seem counterintuitive to leave these until spring. But they make inviting, cozy homes for beneficial yard and garden insects, allowing them to weather the cold months of winter before returning to their valuable duties in the spring.
  3. Considering putting slow-rooting trees in the ground during your fall landscaping this autumn? Not that! Hold off on shrubs and plants with slow-growing root systems like those of the magnolia, birch, fir or ornamental pear. Rather than autumn, spring is the ideal time for these. Since their root system is slow, planting them in the fall may risk them not surviving the winter.
  4. Tempted to take your raked leaves and toss them with the regular trash during your fall yard clean up? Not that! Those fallen, autumn leaves make terrific mulch. Rather than raking, you can run the lawnmower over them to shred them, then rake them into your garden beds. Or you can go ahead and bag them up, but allow them to break down inside the bags during winter. You’ll have a rich source of mulch ready to go next spring.

Have Autumn Yard & Garden Questions? Country Landscape & Supply Has Answers

Whether you’re just looking for advice or could use maintenance help for your residential landscape, we’re here for you. Country Landscape & Supply, in Lemont, has served the Chicago since 1985. Stop by or call us at (630) 257-6800. Or use our Contact Page. We look forward to hearing from you.