There are a lot of things you can do to prepare your outdoor landscaping for the next Monmouth County winter. When the weather starts to cool down and summer starts to come to an end, you will want to follow this guide to get everything ready for next year. Here are some simple tips to help you prepare your landscape for the elements of winter.
Take Out Perennials
The first thing you can do when the temperature starts cooling down, remove all of your perennials back to just above the soil and remove any random debris to the trash or your compost pile. Your perennials will be safe and will be ready to bloom again next year. This will give your area a very clean look.
This is a great time of the year to split any perennials and find another place for them. When a perennial becomes overgrown, all you have to do is dig up a part of it and transplant it to a new spot. Both halves should grow fine in the coming year.
You can also remove any annual plants that are part of your landscape. You can use them as gifts or decorations while they are still alive.
Mulch Your Flower Beds
By adding a good layer of organic matter or mulch in your flower beds, you will be helping to conserve the moisture in the ground and protect already formed root systems. This is vital for young plants that have not established a strong root system.
You can give your lawn one last trim before the cold sets in. Try to pick up any dead branches or plant material strewn across your landscape. This helps to drop nesting areas for pests as well as helps to prevent the spread of certain fungus.
If you notice two colors in your grass, this is a sign. Specifically, if what looks like healthy grass and what looks like dead grass mix in your yard as a horrible two-tone mess this time of year, you should think about adjusting the grass seed you are using. The mixture of grass seed that you have chosen is probably made up of a warm-season grass and a cool-season grass. As the temperatures dip, the warm-season grass goes dormant and becomes a horrible brown color in your yard. You may want to switch to strictly cool-season grass to get an even tone in your yard.
Make sure that you try to keep up with the leaves before the snow comes. Thick layers of leaves can often suffocate any grass underneath. Get a leaf blower or rake and get them out of your yard. A lawn mower with a mulching attachment can help you save some time.
If at all possible, save the leaves you clear out of your yard. They are full of nutrients that your yard can use. Mix some of the leaves in with the layer of mulch you put down to give something back to the earth. A compost pile is another great place for these leaves, and the nutrients within, to get used.
Plant Trees and Shrubs
Finally, early fall offers the opportunity to plant trees and shrubs. The weather in autumn is great for young plants. Your new additions will have less stress on them as they work to set a good root system. You can also catch good deals from different stores and nurseries. They often have large sales meant to clear their landscape showroom for the winter.
By following these tips, your landscape design will be ready for the winter. Clean out dead plants and debris from your garden, lay mulch to help protect the plants, check on what is going on with your grass, and plant a couple of cheap trees and shrubs to prepare for the snow. Doing these things will give you better results in the coming year.