While we may still have a few warm days left for the season, the cooler days of autumn are just around the corner. When it comes to your Chicago home, you may already be thinking of the hours of raking you have ahead or even the mounds of snow you’ll soon be shoveling.
But don’t think too far ahead. Late summer is a great time to begin preparing your lawn for the coming months and even for next year’s spring! In fact, there are many ways you can enhance your current property leading up to October.
Below are a four of our best tips from the experts at Martin John Company on how to prepare your Chicago landscaping for fall.
Tip 1: Replace Your Annuals
Now is a great time to pull out the summer annuals and replace them with cool weather varieties. Mums, pot marigolds and many types of greens are all good options. Adding in these new plants will give your window sills and pots that much-needed color to enhance the beauty of fall.
Tip 2: Divide Overgrown Plants
Are your hostas getting out of control? Or maybe you need to divide up those asters? Breaking them into two is never a good job for a sunny, hot day. This task is best done on cooler days with rain in the forecast. Dividing perennials can also help rejuvenate them come spring.
Tip 3: Fill in Soil & Mulch
Heavy rains and windy days can make your soil and mulch seem to disappear. You want to amend the soil in areas where there are bare spots or where you have removed annuals. You also want to fill in mulch where it’s needed and add compost or peat moss to replace nutrients lost over summer.
Tip 4: Plant Evergreens
September is an excellent time to plant evergreens. In fact, deciduous trees can be planted all the way until November. If you were considering adding more shade to your yard, now is time to look into planting some larger trees and bushes.
Getting your property ready for the changing seasons is the best way to keep a healthy lawn all year around. If you want an attractive backyard but don’t know when you’ll find the time to work on it, contact the professional landscaping team at the Martin John Company. We provide expert lawn care services to homeowners throughout the North Shore area and surrounding Chicago suburbs.
Contact us or call 847-634-2184 for more information or to schedule an appointment.