Fall Tips and Tricks

 

Aeration

Should be done every 2-4 years, in fall, depending on compaction rates. Due to the severe drought that Wisconsin experienced this season, GMS is recommending all lawns have an aeration preformed this year.  

 

Pruning

This should be done at least once per season. Trees are to be pruned in the fall or winter for best results. Pruning times can be specific to different varieties of trees. Please ask us for each variety if you plan to do the work yourself. If you do not know what type of trees you have we will be glad to come out and assess your landscape for specific instructions.

 

Fall Tips

1.     Make sure as all leaves come down, all gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and have proper above ground discharge for winter months. Especially your sump pump lines should have an above ground line installed for winter months.

2.     Disconnect all hoses and turn them off at the shut off valve inside your home regardless of the hose bib type you have. Store hoses indoors for longer life.

3.     Mulching leaves into lawn surface is a free fertilizer versus raking and bagging. Even homes with heavy leaves can do this if leaves are mulched on a weekly basis. If you can see all your blades of grass in your lawn when you are complete, it will be fine. Please keep in mind this process happens in the woods every year and the leaves always break down. If you cannot mulch them all, light raking of the lawn surface and hauling is the next option.

4.     Make a final cut to the lawn before the first snowfall, normally mid to late November. Height should be around 1½ to 2 inches. This will lessen the effects of spring brown patches and snow mold.  

If you have any questions or would like help with any of the above services please feel free to contact us.

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