Here are some areas to focus on as part of your landscaping to-do list:
The leaves have fallen as Autumn is now in full effect. Halloween trick-or-treaters give way to Thanksgiving’s bounty, Black Friday and the mark of the end of November as we welcome the impending Winter Solstice and the Holiday Season.
You need to begin the process of preparing your landscape (i.e. lawn and garden) for the change in the seasons as we head into winter. Here are some areas to focus on as part of your landscaping to-do list:
Preparing the Lawn
One of the items on your November landscaping to-do list has to be lawn preparation. Now is the time to get your lawn in shape by overseeding and restoring any necessary nutrients to the soil. This process will help your lawn gain new life when Spring arrives. A soil pH test will help you determine any nutrient deficiency. Before receiving the information (via a soil report obtained from a county extension office), begin seeding the lawn where needed. Talk to your local gardening expert available at any home improvement center, lawn service, professional landscaping service, or again through your county extension office.
Cleaning the Garden
The garden is more ready to be turned over and prepared for next season’s plantings. Pull any rotted and spoiled vegetation remaining in the garden. Plant waste that is not diseased or that does not contain any harmful insects should be placed in the compost bin to become fertilizer in the spring. Now is also the time to plant any of the bulbs you have to give your landscape a fresh pop of color once winter has retreated. Crocus, daffodil, and tulips are ideal to put in the ground in November; you may also want to consider separating and planting any of the perennial seeds you have at this time.
Compost Fallen Leaves
Don’t just rake your fallen leaves into the street for collection by the local public works department or to be bagged and hauled away. Collect the leaves and place them in a compost bin. This will give you good fertilizer to place on the landscape for any of the Spring plantings you have planned.
These few DIY tips for preparing your landscaping can make a world of difference for your outdoor living space. Be sure also to consult with a professional landscaping service or another expert for additional tips, ideas for your home, and suggestions.