Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about a fall cleanup for your yard. We know there are a whole lot of other things you would probably rather do on your weekends, like watching some college football on Saturday, NFL on Sunday, or one of the new television shows in this year’s fall lineup. But, yard cleanup in the fall plays an important role in keeping pests out of your home this winter and helps you reduce pests in your yard next spring. Here are a few things you should know.
Bugs Love Moisture
When leaves fall from the trees and create a layer in your yard, it sets the stage for moisture issues in the fall and spring. Moisture is an attractant for a wide range of creatures. If you take the time rake your lawn routinely in the fall, you’ll make your yard a whole lot less interesting to fall pests.
Bugs Lay Their Eggs Under Organic Debris
Another reason to remove leaf clutter is to keep bugs from laying eggs underneath. It is okay to have scattered leaves but when leaves pile up, it is a recipe for bug population growth.
Rodents Love Clutter
Bugs are not the only critters that enjoy a layer of leaves. Rodents are skittish creatures that avoid open spaces. When leaves stack up in your yard, it can make rodents feel safe in your yard.
Fungus and Mold
Mold is a real problem, but can be mitigated by removing the leaves from your lawn before the snow packs it down and mats the grass blades. Your lawn needs to breath so to give your lawn a leg up next spring, be sure to remove as many of the leaves as possible prior to the first snowfall of the season.
Devoting a little extra time to cleaning up and maintaining your yard this fall will make all the difference next spring.
Oh, and if you prefer to stay inside and watch that Sunday football game. No problem. Just call us and we’ll take care of that for you. Just give us a call (973) 822-8931.
Winter has come and the landscape is quietly going to sleep for the winter. That makes January the ideal time to put your garden to rest for the season. To get your landscaping off to a healthy start next spring here are a few tips to give your landscaping a head start this spring:
- Pull out and dispose of your summer annuals.
- Cut back your perennials and divide as necessary.
- Remove thatch, moss, leaves and other organic matter from your lawn and give it a winter fertilizer treatment.
- Apply an anti-desiccant to your evergreen shrubs to protect them from ‘Winter Burn’.
Properly putting your landscape to bed for the winter can save you extra work, and money, next spring! If you need a professional fall clean-up, pruning, fertilizer application or any other service call us at (973) 822-8931 for a free estimate.