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It’s September, and you know what that means... The kids go back to school and soon autumn leaves will be camouflaging our lawns and cafes across the region will be serving their most decadent pumpkin treats. And that’s not all...

It also means it’s time for this year’s fall yard cleanup!

Rake up fallen leaves

Arguably one of the most important parts of a fall clean-up, raking the mound of fallen leaves that camouflage your lawn is an absolute must.

Leaving them over the winter is not only unattractive, but it can also smother your grass, leave your lawn susceptible to bacteria and hinder its overall growth.

You can even save some of the raked leaves and repurpose them as mulch for your garden! The decomposing leaves offer an abundance of nutrients and help your perennials and bulbs stay insulated over the winter months.

Clean your gutters

This next one may not be your favourite, but it’s an important one.

Whether you rely on your trusted leaf blower or climb up a ladder and remove the leaves and debris yourself, you’ll want to make sure your gutters are clear well before winter arrives.

If you choose to neglect your eavestrough, rainwater will accumulate and may cause significant water damage to your home.

Tidy up your vegetable garden

Thank your vegetable garden for a great season and ensure it’s ready for next year with a proper clean-up!

Begin with a final round of weeding. Once your garden is free of weeds, observe the remaining vegetable plants and decide if you’re going to leave any of them over the winter as a source of food or habitat for local animals.

Now is also a great time to add a layer of compost to the soil to ensure it’s healthy for next spring.  

Prepare your lawn for winter

Grass maintenance is a key part of fall yard work. It’s the perfect time to revive bare patches or seed new lawn areas.

Don’t forget to cut your lawn at least 3” high during the fall months. This helps your lawn develop strong roots for the upcoming year. For your final cut before winter, you can go a tad shorter to allow a bit of growth while your lawnmower takes a well-deserved vacation in the shed.

Plant bulbs for vibrant hues in the spring

Fall is the perfect time to plant spring-blooming bulbs like hyacinths, tulips, and daffodils. The soil is still warm, fall showers are abundant and pests and diseases pose less of a risk. Plus, after a long winter, you’re going to be longing for some lively hues...

Begin preparing your garden now so that when spring does arrive you can sit back and enjoy its vibrant palette.

Clean tools and store them

Your tools have been through a lot this past season. Show your appreciation by cleaning them up for next spring.

Begin by wiping them down to remove built-up debris and dirt. Once they’re clean, add a light layer of oil to keep them from rusting during the cold season.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Prepping your yard for the cooler weather is no easy feat so don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. And who better to offer a helping hand than our established landscape maintenance team? With decades of experience in the horticultural industry, Tree Amigos is committed to providing exceptional service while highlighting the unique beauty of your property.

We offer full-service landscaping in NOTL, St. Catharines and other cities found within the marvellous region of Niagara. To learn more about our wide range of fall services, visit our website here.