Autumn is one of the most pleasant times of the year, not only because of the colorful changing of the leaves, but because of the welcomed reprieve from the heat as weather slowly shifts to cool and crisp.

The shifting of the seasons signals a time for change, and that includes addressing those home projects you may have been putting off, especially those outdoor projects the weather may have been too hot to tackle over the summer.

Autumn is a great time to get outside and prepare your lawn and landscaping for the cooler winter months. What better way to enjoy the beautiful weather and sights of autumn than by taking care of the following tasks on your landscaping checklist.

Mow One More Time

Autumn should be the last time you need to cut your lawn for the year. It is recommended to cut it down to about 1 ¼ inches, as it will let fallen leaves blow across your lawn without getting caught by the grass. Keeping your grass short is also a good way to keep it healthy, as shorter grass tends to be more diseases resistant.

Gather Leaves

A lot of your trees’ leaves will naturally blow away, but some are sure to gather in your lawn. Make the most of these gifts from nature by collecting them and adding them to a compost bin or using them for a crafty project to decorate your home for the season. Rake the fallen leaves onto a plastic tarp which will make them easier to transport.

Plant Shrubs

Early autumn is a great time to plant new shrubs; it gives them a chance to establish their roots in cool and moist soil. Start out by digging a hole and placing the shrub in it. Next fill in the gaps with soil using water to settle it. Add more soil to the top of the root ball, making sure not to pack it too much. Finish by adding mulch on top of the soil.

Trim Your Limbs

Branches that have dried out and died can snap off when weighted with snow later in the year, potentially causing damage to your home, vehicle or any other property between it and the ground. Cut back cracked, diseased or loose limbs to prevent this unnecessary damage.

Mulch Your Young Plants

Before the ground freezes, be sure to add a new layer of mulch to your young plants. Mulch can be composed of chopped leaves, wood chips and weed-free straw. A knowledgeable local landscaper, like those at River City Landscaping, can advise you on the best type of mulch for your needs. Till the mulch into the soil and then apply two to four more inches of mulch to keep your new plants warm for the coming cool temperatures.

Clean Out Your Drip Systems

Your drip system is a very important part of your lawn and needs to be cleaned and dried out to ensure standing water does not freeze and crack vital tubing. Start by turning the water off and then use an air hose to clean out the system. If you don’t happen to have the proper equipment or know how to do this task or others, contact River City Landscaping for help with any of your landscaping projects including:

  • Landscaping Installation and Irrigation
  • Drainage Solutions for Downspouts
  • Sod Delivery / Installation
  • Landscape Lighting
  • Hardscaping
  • Mulch Changes
  • Landscape Maintenance
  • And Much More

River City Landscaping in Baton Rouge is happy to discuss your landscaping needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us today so we can create a unique plan to address your specific needs.