Fall in the Midwest is ideal for preparing your lawn and landscape for the winter season. So what can you do now to prepare for next year? Read on to find out!
Experts agree, fertilizing in the fall will give you a healthier, greener lawn next spring. Apply a slow-release fertilizer such as Earl May Fall Lawn Food in late October or early November, at the same time as your last mowing.
Other Late Fall Lawn and Landscaping Tips:
- Keep watering, especially if it hasn’t rained recently.
- Remove fallen leaves from grass to help prevent turf disease and kill.
- Avoid walking or driving on frozen grass.
It’s not too late to plant! Whether you’re thinking about a new tree or shrub, or some spring-blooming bulbs, now is a great time to get them in the ground.
Planting trees in the fall gives them a chance to expand their root systems before freezing temperatures set in, even if leaves have already dropped.
Plant spring-blooming bulbs! They will be the first pop of color in your garden next spring while other plants are waking up. When selecting and planting bulbs, here are a few things to think about:
- Look for white, healthy bulbs with a paper covering (like an onion).
- Bigger bulbs mean bigger blooms! Create a splash by planting a single color in mass, 12, or more bulbs.
- Add Bone Meal to bottom of the hole and mix well into soil.
- Spray bulbs with Repels-All Animal Repellent to keep pests away. Place bulbs firmly in the soil with the pointed end up.
- Cover with soil, water, and add two to three inches of mulch.
It’s easy to think watering isn’t needed at this time of year. However, it’s quite the opposite. Give trees and plants a good last drink late in the season, so roots have plenty of moisture as the ground freezes hard. To keep your plants thriving through the winter, try these tips:
- Use a soaker hose setting to ensure water reaches the roots.
- The last watering should be around Thanksgiving but varies each year.
- If thawing occurs mid-winter, water to keep roots moist.
When the ground is too dry or frozen, winter burn can occur. This happens when water evaporates from needles and leaves faster than it can be replenished. This affects many plants including Arborvitae, Boxwood, and Yew. Luckily, winter burn can be prevented with Wilt Stop, which keeps plants from drying out. Here are a few tips when using Wilt Stop:
- Apply once in late October and again 30 days later in November, but only when temperatures are above 40 degrees.
- Cover both the top and bottom of leaves until they begin to drip.
- Mulch around the plant to help retain moisture.
For more information about these topics and more, visit www.earlmay.com. As always, don’t hesitate to call or stop in to talk to your local Earl May experts about all your for your fall lawn, landscape and gardening needs.