Now that fall is here there is landscaping you should do that will make it easier for you in the spring. Keep reading for two tips on how you can do this. These tasks are not difficult to do, and you and your entire family can get outside and work together.
One of the main things you should do is clean up your yard. Once the leaves stop falling use a leaf blower to clean them or you can rake them. If you have children, put the leaves in a big pile first and let them jump in them to have some fun. You can bag up leaves to use as mulch in the spring. Remove annual flowers that have died and throw them away. If you live in a warmer climate, there are fall and winter annuals that you can replace them with. This includes things like Dusty Miller, Petunias, Pansies, and mums. Many of these flowers can be found at most garden centers.
If you have perennials some need to be cut back a few inches from the ground, such as hostas and lilies. Some perennials should not be trimmed back. For example, if you have the Black-eyed Susan leave the perennial be as this provides food for animals from the seeds. They can also add interest to your landscaping. If you have a butterfly bush, it should not be trimmed until the spring.
This is a good time to divide perennials that have grown out of control. Once perennials get too crowded, they will stop growing and may even die. You can divide them and replant them in another area or give some to a friend or family member. The best time to do this is in the early fall before you have your first frost. Some common flowers that need to be divided include daylilies, bleeding hearts, and irises.
To divide perennials you need to dig to get as much of the root ball as you can. This will help the flowers handle the transplant much easier. You can then dig a hole and replant the root balls in another area or spread them out in the same area if there is room. Water the root balls well after you plant them. You can expect them to grow the next year, but they may not flower again until the second year.
Hire a landscaping contractor to help you with your fall landscaping tasks. They can give you many more tips, such as fertilizing, removing weeds, and mulching. For more information, contact a landscaping contractor near you.