It’s been a cold and wet fall this year and for a lot of us in Michigan, it meant more raking than usual. On top of that, we had an earlier than usual snow that caused many people to not rake as much as they had wanted. But this week we saw a brief return of warmer temperatures giving us one more chance to get out there and finish raking and doing whatever we need to do to get our lawns ready for winter.
If you have more leaves to rake then you have more mulch at your disposal. Ride over them a few times with the lawn mower to chew them up into a fine mulch you can spread around your trees and perennials.
An empty garden is a great place to dump your leaves. Spread them out, mix them up, till them into the soil. It’s a great way to put nutrients and moisture into your soil. If you plan on starting a new garden or just expanding on your existing one, try layering cardboard, leaves, and grass clippings. By the time spring arrives, you will have a ready-to-plant garden without all the hard work of ripping up sod.
Add some green to your lawn mixing cool-season grasses into your existing lawn. This will give your yard a green and fuller look well into fall and early in the spring.
If you use salt on your walkways, driveways, or have plants near the road make sure they are protected from salt. Salt sucks up moisture and can burn your plants so apply carefully. Whether you plow your snow yourself or have someone else do it make sure that snow is not piled up on fragile plants and bushes. Always pile snow at low points in your yard or driveway.
Using an appropriate fertilizer can make all the difference to your yard in the spring. At Custom Lawn Care, we provide a 7 step lawn care program that includes yearlong fertilization and weed prevention.