Fall Landscape Tips

Even though temperatures may be chilly during autumn, there is still plenty to do outdoors to ensure your lawn will look great next spring. Break out your sweatshirt and get outside to take care of some important lawn maintenance.


Don’t skip mowing your lawn just because the temperatures aren’t ideal. Once grass grows too long, it acts as a cover to surrounding blades. Sunlight is crucial to the well-being of a healthy lawn. When snow falls, long grass is easily packed down and promotes snow mold. This type of mold is a fungal disease that appears in early spring as the snow melts. It is known to cause circular, straw-colored patches once the weather begins warming up. 


If you notice your driveway or walkway has cracks in the concrete, fall is the time to correct them. Once it is cold enough for water to freeze, it will cause further damage to any defects in the concrete on your property. Consider applying a sealant to fill the cracks or contact a professional to ensure your walkways won’t suffer even further during any upcoming cold weather.


While each region may see different success stories when planting trees, the Morton Arboretum states fall is a great time to get the plants in the ground because: • Temperatures are typically moderate to cool, giving trees the chance to grow without becoming stressed by extreme heat. • Transpiration is low and root-generation potential is high. Local nurseries will likely have awesome sales on their plants that are left over from the summer. Talk to them to see which species can survive being in the ground during the winter, or how to preserve them until next spring.