Autumn is officially here! This time of year in the Pacific Northwest is truly one of the most beautiful. Leaves are turning, the sun is shining, and there is a slight bite of crisp cold in the air. This time of year is also a great time to improve the look of your lawn and yard plants or shrubs. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep your yard maintained this fall season.
Tip #1: Fertilize your lawn & eliminate weeds.
Fertilizing your grass during the autumn months will help it stay healthy. Choose a fertilizer that has plenty of nitrogen in it and be sure to follow the directions carefully so you don’t over fertilize. In addition, pull out any weeds that you see and if you need to, use an herbicide on them. This will kill broadleaf weeds without damaging your grass. Follow label directions carefully, however, because some can be dangerous for surrounding plants and animals. If you need to reseed your lawn, fall is a good time to do this. That will give it a head start on spring growing.
Tip #2: Keep mowing.
Keep mowing your grass throughout the autumn months. You can mow once a week until the grass has stopped growing, then you can stop for the year. If you have grass that is underneath or near deciduous trees, put your mower on mulching mode. This will allow the grass and leaves to be chopped up finely, saving you time on big raking jobs.
Tip #3: Plant bulbs.
Fall is the time to plant various flower bulbs like tulips, crocus, hyacinths, and other popular spring flowers. You should plant most bulbs by late October, but tulips can be planted as late as November.
Tip #4: Protect fragile plants or flower bushes.
When the weather gets really wet, icy, or frozen, your plants and flowers will feel it! So take precaution and research how to protect your specific plants during these months. For example, if you have flower bushes like modern hybrid roses, they can be damaged fairly easily because of their fragility. To protect them, wrap the stems with a wire cylinder and fill it with light mulch and mound soil over the plants central crown.
The weeks ahead are the perfect time to head outside and get some yard work done! Head out there now and start preparing your yard for the change in season.