Fall is officially upon us. Fall brings an abundance of tasks to perform throughout our properties here in Camas, Washougal, and Vancouver, Washington. Here we will discuss the most pertinent lawn care and landscaping tasks to perform, especially before the stormy season begins.
The Pacific Northwest is no stranger to stormy weather, and this is particularly true as we head into fall and winter. With the rain and wind, our lawns are bound to become overrun with leaves, and branches, and other various debris, especially if our yards have been left untouched all summer long. Oftentimes, during this time of year, this battle of debris removal feels never-ending, particularly when it comes to leaf cleanup. Removing debris from the lawn is of the utmost importance not only because it may be unsightly, but also because it can create costly repairs for your lawn down the road (dead patches, brown spots, and mold, to name a few).
Speaking of tasks that feel never-ending, weeding is another task that should be addressed during this time of the year. If weeding has been neglected throughout the summer months, they will flourish all the more during the wetter times that are fast approaching. Staying caught up on weeding is crucial for fall season, as they will grow and multiply quickly during this time. Before you cover your yard and lawns in chemicals, you should know that there are more organic ways of treating these spaces as well. Furthermore, organic measures generally work better during the wet season of the year. Whatever route you decide to take, the sooner you start on this task, the better the outcome will be.
If you want to stay ahead of the growth and spread of weeds, applying mulch to your flower and garden beds is an ideal method. Mulching these areas helps to slow the germination process and allows you to more easily stay caught up on weed growth throughout your property. Furthermore, mulch has a plethora of other benefits as well. Mulch helps to insulate your plants which is particularly beneficial during extreme temperatures. As mulch breaks down, it helps to build the soil as well, creating a healthier environment for your plants to grow.
Mowing and Edging
As summer wanes, our lawns begin to grow again with vigor. It is important to stay on a tight mowing schedule during this time of year or our lawns will quickly become overgrown and unruly. Ensuring you have the right mower, set to the correct height is essential in keeping a well-manicured lawn looking its best. And, if a well-manicured look is what you are after (which most of us are) adding a clean edge to the boundaries of your lawn will do just that.
Trimming and Pruning
Trimming and pruning are another couple of tasks that should be performed in the later months of fall and into winter. Cutting during this time will be less likely to shock or put too much stress on your trees, bushes, and shrubs. Trimming is important when your goal is to improve the look of your trees and shrubs, whereas pruning is done to ensure the health.
Dethatching, Aerating, and Overseeding
Dethatching and aerating your lawn are two more important tasks we would encourage you to consider during this time of year. Both of these tasks will ensure your lawn is healthy throughout the year. Dethatching removes built-up debris from the depths of your lawn. Aeration helps to ensure that your lawn is getting all of the light, moisture, and nutrients it needs in order to thrive. After aerating and dethatching have been performed, it is a great idea to overseed as well. Overseeding will fill in any patchy areas of your lawn and will generally increase the density of grass in your lawn, creating a thick and lush look.
We have only just begun to scratch the surface of what can be done throughout your landscape and Urban Eden Landscaping would love to help with all of these tasks and more. Contact us today or fill out our FREE estimate request form!