Fall is clearly on the way here in the Pacific Northwest. And, if you live in Camas, Washougal, or Vancouver, Washington, now is the time to prepare your yard for fall. In this post, you will find some helpful tips for preparing your yard for fall weather.
Dethatching and Aerating
Fall is one of the best times of year to both dethatch and aerate your lawn. Dethatching and aerating should be done at least once a year, but we recommend doing it at the beginning of fall and as well as spring. Dethatching helps remove built-up thatch that can suffocate your lawn, inhibiting growth. Aerating ensures your lawn is receiving proper light, moisture and essential nutrients your lawn needs to stay lush and healthy.
Ensuring your lawn has the proper nutrients it needs to thrive is paramount in having a lush-looking, happy lawn. Fertilizing your lawn provides these nutrients so you can have peace of mind knowing your lawn is going to be healthy year-round. Fall is a great time to apply fertilizer. Fertilizing is another service that should be done twice yearly (once in fall and once in spring), but if you can only have it done once a year then fall is the best time to do it.
Weeding and Applying Mulch
Ensuring your lawn and garden beds are free of weeds is an essential part of keeping your yard and garden happy. At Urban Eden, we avoid harmful chemicals as much as possible, so we generally remove weeds manually; either by hand or with the use of specialized tools. For weeds growing in cracks in walkways, patios or driveways, boiling water or high acidity vinegar will kill them quickly. Once weeds have been cleared from your property, you should add a thick layer of mulch to garden beds. Mulch discourages the rapid growth of weeds, slowing down germination and making weeding less of a headache. Ensure mulch is at least 2″ thick to discourage rapid regrowth of weeds. Mulching also protects desirable plants from winter’s harsh cold.
Cleaning Gutters, Driveways and Patios
Since fall brings an abundance of rain here in the PNW, cleaning out the gutters of your house and outbuildings is a great idea for fall prepping. Cleaning out gutters can be time-consuming, but requires very little effort. All that is needed is a ladder, some gloves, and a bucket. Simply remove any debris that is found throughout your gutters and place it in a bucket. Once the bucket is full, simply add the contents to your compost.
Cleaning pathways and driveways is another essential part of preparing your yard for fall. Pollen and other dust accumulate in these areas throughout spring and summer. If left unchecked, these contaminants will erode your concrete/hardscape areas wearing them out a lot faster. Therefore, it is a good idea to thoroughly clean these areas before the cold, rainy season arrives to ensure they look great year-round.
The list of things to do to prepare for fall goes on and on! The good news is: Urban Eden Landscaping is here to help with all of your lawn maintenance needs. Give us a call today at (360)567-6399, contact us here, or simply fill out a free online estimate request form!