It’s our favorite time of year again! It’s the time of year when the leaves begin to change, the nights become a little cooler, and the sunlight seems to fade a little earlier each day. It’s enjoying pumpkins and lattes, sports and cozy sweaters, and having a break from the hot, humid summer. Autumn signals that it’s time to get ready for the next season to come and for your yard, it means that it’s time for your annual fall clean-up.

At Advance Lawn Care of Greenville and Spartanburg, we’re here to help you prepare your yard for the upcoming winter months. But what exactly does that mean? Even if you’ve been maintaining it throughout the summer, certain tasks need to be done to ensure your lawn and garden stay healthy and are ready when spring comes. It’s quite a big job, so why miss out on football games and leaf-peeping when you can enlist the help of a professional to do it for you? In today’s post, we’re going to review all of the tasks that normally associated with getting your yard ready for winter. Keep reading and then contact Advance Lawn Care to schedule your fall clean-up!

Rake and Compost Leaves

Color-changing leaves are a symbol of autumn. People spend hours in their car and take road trips just to see and take pictures of beautiful foliage. Big piles of freshly-raked leaves also conjure up fond childhood memories whenever you see them. For the most part, leaves are a favorite part of this time of year…until you want them off of your lawn.

Depending on the number of trees you have in your yard, cleaning up leaves can be anything from a minor 30-minute task to a full weekend job that will leave you with a sore back and the loss of precious time. But even if you have only a few leaves, resist the urge to “leave” them in hopes that the wind will blow them away. Leaves that are not picked up will sit on top of your lawn, especially when weighed down with moisture, and in the spring you’ll have brown dead patches on your lawn. Prevent this from happening with proper and thorough leaf clean up every fall.

Prune Trees and Bushes

Fall is the perfect time to trim trees and bushes that have gotten out of hand or have dead branches needing removal. Pruning in the fall will put less stress on trees as their growth slows down or they go dormant. However, keep in mind that pruning isn’t as simple as getting out the shears and lopping off a few branches. Cutting off too much or doing it incorrectly can cause stress and damage that can permanently hurt your greenery. Prevent this from happening by enlisting the help of an experienced lawn care company.

Update Seasonal Flowers

As the seasons change, so should your flowers. Many of the spring and summer flowers have either died or at the very least look old, overgrown, or have lost many leaves and flowers. That’s your signal that it is time to refresh your seasonal flowers with new ones that thrive in cooler temperatures and don’t need the full strength of the summer sun. New flowers are also a way to show your autumn spirit by changing out those bright pinks, reds, and purples for more seasonal colors of yellow, orange, bronze and maroon.

Apply Weed Control

If you live in an area that experiences extreme cold and snow, you might not have to apply weed control in the fall. However, in South Carolina, the mild winter temperatures allow some weeds to grow year-round. Keep your lawn looking good and staying healthy by applying weed control in the fall. While you might not have to worry about certain weeds during the winter, an experienced lawn care company will know just what varieties will grow at cooler temperatures, and what is needed to keep them under control.

Apply Fertilizer

One of the most important steps in maintaining a healthy lawn and garden is to apply fertilizer in the fall. Doing so at this time of year is particularly effective because the increased moisture from rain and morning dew helps the fertilizer to be fully absorbed. It also gives your lawn a good dose of nutrients at a time when it needs it the most — after its endured a long summer of stress, and before going into a time of slower-growing or dormancy.

Make sure that you use caution if you decide to apply fertilizer yourself. There are many different kinds of fertilizer, and using the wrong one at the wrong concentration can be disastrous. Also, keep in mind that different varieties of grass, trees, and flowers may all require different types of fertilizer.

Clean Up Branches and Lawn Debris

If you take a stroll through your yard during one of those crisp, cool mornings, you’ll probably notice fallen branches, dead flowers, and other debris that have accumulated over the months. Fall clean up is the perfect time to get rid of all of the old stuff so your yard can “breathe easy” during the winter and can sprout fresh, new growth in the spring.

Call Advance Lawn Care

Fall is a favorite time of year for many people, but fall clean up of your yard isn’t usually part of the fun and anticipation. This year, make sure your yard is properly cared for and if you don’t feel like spending all weekend to do it, call Advance Lawn Care to help. Whether you live in Greenville, Spartanburg, or the surrounding area, we’ll give your yard a leg up so it can look great for many seasons to come.
And don’t forget about us when the snow flies. The last thing you’ll feel like doing is getting up extra early to endure the cold and shovel snow. If you’re looking for a trusted and reputable company to plow your driveway and walkways, contact Advance Lawn Care for snow removal services! We look forward to serving you!