Thanksgiving is finally over, the scent of pumpkin is disappearing from your favorite coffee shop, and red and green lights are starting to pop up all around your neighborhood. All of these are signs that fall is coming to a close and winter is right around the corner. Before it gets frosty, cold, and blustery every day, take care to make sure you have prepared your yard for the winter ahead. Here is a quick final fall cleanup checklist for you to run through before you run out to a holiday party.
Clean Up Yard Debris
It’s tempting to leave a few leaves or branch pieces in your yard (especially the back yard), but don’t do it! Fallen leaves and leftover weeds are a breeding ground for pests over the course of the winter. Clean out your flower beds as well to prevent any diseases from taking root over the season.
Trim Back Branches
Trimming back branches should be part of your seasonal maintenance regardless of the season, but it is especially important before inches of snow and ice are coating them. Any large branches that are hanging over or close to your home should be removed or trimmed back now to prevent them from falling once the snow falls.
Clean Your Gutters
Nobody likes cleaning their gutters, but nobody likes dealing with drainage problems either! Now that all of the fall leaves are off of the trees, clean out your home’s gutters as part of your final fall cleanup. Pay special attention to removing yard debris or twigs from the gutters, as they can easily cause blockages.
Rake and Mulch
If you haven’t taken care of the leaves in your yard yet, now is the time. Rake up all of the leaves in your yard and then shred them. This way you can reuse the organic material to fertilize! Use this simple shredded leaf mulch around young trees, shrubs, and flower beds. Obviously, if you would prefer to not rake you can use a leaf blower fitted with a special attachment that shreds the leaves as you go.
Call in the Professionals for Your Final Fall Cleanup
Evergreen Gene’s offers professional landscaping and maintenance services through the state of Maryland. We are here to make sure your gardens and grounds look as beautiful as possible year-round. Interested in how we can help your garden look its best? Give us a call at (410) 766-6877 or visit us online. To see examples of our work and get more helpful gardening tips, follow us on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Houzz, and Twitter.