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Beyond Raking: 9 Fall Cleanup Tasks And Why You Need ThemAfter a long summer tending to your lawn and garden, it’s tempting to stash the garden tools. After all, there are apples to pick! Football to watch! Pumpkins to carve!

It’s fall now — the yard can take care of itself, right?

Not exactly. There’s stuff to be done.

Your yard and landscape still need some tender loving care to ensure a healthy start next spring. Ignore it now, and you’ll be sorry come tulip time.

Here’s a look at 9 fall clean-up tasks you shouldn’t ignore.

Fall Cleanup Task #1: Feed Your Lawn

A good fall feeding will boost your lawn’s root health and replenish nutrients it lost over the summer.

You want to feed when plants are still absorbing nutrients, so don’t wait too long. Take care of this by mid-October.

Fall Cleanup Task #2: Remove Leaves

Beyond Raking: 9 Fall Cleanup Tasks And Why You Need ThemClear leaves now and it will save you some work in the spring. It will also keep the heavy, wet leaves from suffocating your turf. Dark, wet environments are breeding grounds for disease.

Consider shredding them — they make great mulch.

Fall Cleanup Task #3: Divide Plants

If your perennials are overcrowded, fall is a great time to divide the root ball and replant. Cut plants back before you transplant them and they’ll be happier during the move.

Your landscape maintenance contractor can also help you with this task — Neave Landscaping is definitely up to the task!

Fall Cleanup Task #4: Prepare Soil For Next Spring

Get the ground ready for next year’s beds by tilling the soil and adding compost.

Fall Cleanup Task #5: Don’t Forget To Water

Plants are still thirsty and need a good long drink before they bed down for the winter. Water early in the day to avoid disease. Water deeply.

Don’t forget your trees. They may seem self-sufficient, but their roots need plenty of moisture to make it through the upcoming months.

Fall Cleanup Task #6: Get Rid Of Standing Water

Empty garden hoses, fountains, and sprinkler systems to avoid freezing.

Irrigation systems are especially important to winterize before cold weather sets in. Hire a specialist to ensure all the steps are followed correctly — pipes and other system components damaged by freezing water can be expensive to fix after the thaw!

Fall Cleanup Task #7: Clean Up Garden Beds

Beyond Raking: 9 Fall Cleanup Tasks And Why You Need ThemRemove weeds and debris so pests won’t make your garden their winter home. Cleaning away dead plant matter will prevent the growth of fungi and viruses.

Fruits and vegetables left in the garden can rot all winter long, and provide the perfect home for insect eggs. That would be a lovely greeting come spring.

Fall Cleanup Task #8: Protect Cold-Sensitive Plants

Many shrubs, rose, and perennials hate blasts of icy cold. Tuck them under a cozy bed of mulch or another protective covering.

Fall Cleanup Task #9: Aerate Your Lawn

Your lawn gets a lot of use during the summer. That can cause the soil to become compacted.

Perforating your lawn with small holes lets water, air, and fertilizer get down to the soil, which strengthens the roots and makes for a healthier lawn. Call Neave Lawn Care to handle your aeration and overseeding.

Let Neave Tackle Fall Cleanup

The experts at Neave Landscaping can handle all your fall lawn and garden chores, so you can spend more time sipping cider and gawking at the pretty leaves.

Neave will prepare your lawn for the frost, close off all irrigation systems to prevent damage from frozen water and clear your property of debris.

Our knowledgeable and trained staff can fully winterize your property and can combine our own services with those of our other divisions for a complete winterization package, saving you both time and money.

If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.

Beyond Raking: 9 Fall Cleanup Tasks And Why You Need Them

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