7 Tips For Fall Clean Up


Powell Stone & Gravel wants to help you keep your landscape beautiful for years to come. Part of that process consists of taking proper steps throughout the fall. Below is a list of 7 tips to get you started.

1. Continue to Water

Plants are still thirsty and watering early in the day will help prevent evaporation.

2. Protect Your Plants with Mulch
Mulching will help you prepare your yard for winter by guarding plants against colder temperatures. Spread it around the base of trees and shrubs. To prevent stems from rotting, pull mulch away from woody stems and tree trunks a couple inches. We have mulch in more colors and varieties than you can find anywhere else, we also offer same day delivery on in stock materials.

Wait until the first hard freeze, and apply the mulch three to four inches deep around your plants. Cover the soil evenly, but do not pack it down.

3. Clean Up Leaves & Debris

Clear any leaves & debris from lawn. Not only will this save time in Spring it also helps prevent the lawn from suffocating from wet foliage.

4. One Last Mow

Cut your grass, but not to low. You need to resist the urge to cut your lawn short. Cutting your lawn actually puts stress on the plant, and can cause more harm than letting it grow.

5. Winterize Trees & Shrubs

Cover small trees and deciduous shrubs with a wooden structure to protect them from heavy snow. Or, circle them with a cylinder of chicken wire fencing and fill in the space between the tree and the fence with straw or leaves. Or, drive stakes into the ground at four corners around the plant and wrap burlap or heavy plastic around the stakes, securing it at the top, center, and bottom with twine.

6. Clean your gutters

Be sure to clear all your gutters of leaves & other debris before the first snow fall. By clearing your gutters you help eliminate any possible ice dams forming. Don't forget to clear around your house's foundation to prevent any rotting, mold or mildew. A fast way to remove these pesky leaves is with a leaf blower. We have a large selection of leaf blowers available for purchase or rent.

7. Clean up

Clean & grease your garden tools to help prevent from rusting in the cold wet winter. Bring out the snow shovels and snowblowers so you are ready for the first snow fall.

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