It’s almost fall, which means the long-awaited season of chillier days, football watching and pumpkin everything is near. The changing of the seasons is almost always noticeable in our own landscapes, which requires a little fall yard cleanup before we can head indoors to snuggle under comfy throws, with a Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand.
DE-GUNK YOUR GUTTERS
Clogged rain gutters can cause backups, which can lead to expensive repairs. After the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters to remove leaves, twigs and other debris. You can hire a professional for this project, or do it yourself. Either way, make sure the gutters aren’t sagging, and that all gutter brackets are tightened.
TRIM ROUGE BRANCHES
Late fall is a good time to trim tree and shrub branches, when dormancy has set in. Keep branches 5 to 7 feet away from your house, so they can’t damage your roofing and siding in windy conditions, cause moisture problems or dirty up your newly cleaned gutters. Always use clean landscaping trimmers to prevent the spread of disease.
ADD A GOOD LAYER OF MULCH
Mulching in the fall is multi-purpose. In addition to enhancing the beauty of your landscaping, mulch helps to keep fall weeds at bay, prevent soil erosion and protect roots from the cold. There are two main types of mulch; organic and inorganic. Organic mulch includes fallen leaves (free in the fall), shredded hardwood, and cocoa mulch. Most landscapers prefer to use organic mulch because as it naturally decomposes, it adds essential nutrients back into the soil, ensuring your plants are protected all winter long.
OVERSEED YOUR LAWN
While the days are still warm, make the most of it by overseeding areas damaged by summer stress, disease or insects. Overseed using Arizona’s cooler season grass; Perennial Rye. The best time to overseed your lawn is during the first two weeks of October when temperatures are consistently below 65F. Water the grass seed using these guidelines.