Homeowners Ask: Is It Too Early for an End-of-Season Cleanup?
The answer is no!
Summer is coming to a close, and for homeowners, now is the time to conduct property maintenance ahead of the change of season. Get a head start on winter weather with these end-of-season projects:
Remove thatch build-up. Thatch prevents moisture, oxygen and sunlight from reaching soil, potentially inhibiting the growth of (and harming) the lawn.
Perforate the lawn to allow air, fertilizer and water to strengthen its roots and reduce compacted soil.
Feed the lawn with a slow-release fertilizer to allow grass to soak up nutrients that will help it recover from summer heat and stress.
Store the lawn mower. Consult the owner’s manual for best practices when disposing of unused gasoline and storing.
Plant spring bulbs, like daffodils and tulips, if the climate permits. (Planting too early can cause them to sprout before winter!)
Water shrubs and trees once they go dormant (but before the ground freezes). Use a root irrigator or soaker hose.
Stow hoses. Inspect the hoses thoroughly before putting them away for the winter – check for leaks around connectors, and drain all water out of the hose.