Fall landscaping and exterior home maintenance are essential to the curb appeal of your home. By planning ahead and keeping up with the outdoor chores, this fall season will become simple and enjoyable, rather than stressful. Here are 5 landscaping and outdoor maintenance tips to keep in mind as we head into September.
1. Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs
Make sure to plant your Spring bulbs such as tulips & daffodils six weeks before the first frost. This will allow the bulbs to get settled in before colder temperatures start to creep up. Choose a spot that has at least 6 hours of sunlight and add manure or compost to help enrich the soil. The tulip and daffodil bulbs also love well-drained soil so avoid overwatering. Don’t forget, the rule of thumb when planting spring bulbs is to plant 3x as deep as the bulb is tall. This will help hide the bulbs as much as possible to avoid critters digging them up.
2. Drain & Cover Water Features (fountains, bird baths, hoses etc.)
Don’t forget to drain any water features you may have in your yard. By draining the features, it will ensure the pipes and pump don’t freeze or crack when the temperature drops. Covering the features with tarps or netting will protect them from upcoming weather elements and will collect any autumn leaves that may fall on the feature.
3. Clean Up Exterior of House (siding, porch, eavestrough etc.)
Before the ice, snow and below zero temperatures arrive be sure to clean the exterior elements of your home. Pressure washing is a quick and effective way to clean your siding, brick, and the front/back porch. Empty out your eavestrough before the leaves and twigs freeze, making it harder to tackle this job come the following Spring. Start and finish any outdoor painting you need to get done. September is the perfect time to get any exterior painting complete because it has the best temperatures for the paint to dry, it is not too cold or too hot.
4. Pull Any Visible Weeds
Be sure to pull any weeds you may see before they become seeds. To reduce the number of weeds that appear in your yard next year. Make sure to grab the weed by the lower stem, pull the weed straight up and out of the ground rather than on an angle, this will avoid leaving any roots behind. If you cannot get the entire root out, taking off the head of the weed is best.
5. Grow Fall/Winter Vegetables & Herbs
Even though the temperatures may get cooler as fall approaches, there are still plenty of vegetables and herbs that you can grow and harvest in September. The following are just some that will thrive during fall in Canada; Pumpkin, eggplant, onion, swiss chard, broccoli, lettuce, radish, flat Italian or curled parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Many root vegetables such as squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes and beets will also survive in our cooler temperatures across Canada. These vegetables and herbs play a huge role in autumn cooking. Comfort meals such as; soups, pies, thanksgiving dishes, and pastas are just some examples.