Now that fall has arrived, it’s time to start tending to your landscape and provide it with the care it needs before winter dormancy. The care you apply now can influence how your grass, shrubs, and trees bounce back next spring. If you want to guarantee a healthy landscape, Scientific Plant Service can provide you with the guidance and services you need. One of the most essential fall landscaping tips is knowing what not to do. By avoiding the following errors, you are already on the path to a healthy landscape.
Don’t Discard All Fallen Leaves
One of our favorite fall landscaping tips is to mulch some of your fallen leaves. Some people believe they must burn or discard every leaf they rake up this fall. While this does help you get rid of them, fallen leaves can provide some natural benefits:
- Natural Fertilizer: Cut the leaves into mulch and spread the chopped leaves across your lawn.
- Winter Insulation: Covering the roots of shrubs and plants with a layer of leaves helps protect against harsh winter weather. This layer helps prevent frost from penetrating deep into the soil and damaging roots.
Don’t Let Deer Take Over
It may be tempting to let deer wander through your yard. After all, they’re harmless, right? Deer are not harmless to your plants. Deer can eat your plants and bushes and tear bark from your trees. If they are free to enter your yard and eat your plants, they will continue to do so until your landscape is ruined. Scientific Plant Service deer repellant and control methods can help keep white-tail deer from feeding on your plants.
Don’t Neglect Your Trees
Pruning your trees and shrubs before winter is one of the vital fall landscaping tips. Tree pruning promotes health by allowing new, healthy branches to grow. It also can prevent weak branches from breaking due to the weight of winter snow or ice.
Don’t Forget to Aerate
Fall aeration can provide you with numerous benefits when spring returns. Aeration pokes holes into the soil to loosen compaction and provide the following benefits:
- Healthier grassroots
- More effective fertilizer infiltration
- Break up dense soil
- Water and air flow to the roots more easily
- Thatch levels are maintained
- Improved growth
- Improved soil water holding capacity
Don’t Do Everything Yourself
If you want to maintain a beautiful landscape, you may need to get the help of professionals. Staying on top of everything and knowing what your lawn and trees need at every turn can be challenging. This is where Scientific Plant Service can help. We can provide services such as aerating, soil testing, and deer control to help you manage these crucial tasks without resorting to a guessing game.
Scientific Plant Service Is Your Go-To Source In Landscape Healthcare
Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborists specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a Lawn Care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.
We offer services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, including: Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Calvert counties in MD, as well as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in VA. For more information, contact us online, or call us at 410-321-0970. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.