As the temperature starts to drop, your HOA needs to get on top of fall landscaping. There are many things that should be done to get your plants ready for the winter. Check out these four fall landscaping tips and make sure your association follows them.
Add Some Fertilizer
Like humans, plants need nutrients to thrive, and they get theirs from the soil. However, over time, the soil can lose the nutrients the plants need. Give your plants a hand by adding some fertilizer to the soil, so it can recoup what it needs to help plants thrive. This will allow them to do well during the cold winter months. Use a slow-release fertilizer, which will release the nutrients slowly instead of all at once. This will help your plants stay strong during the cold.
Give Roots a Drink
It’s important to get some water to your trees’ roots before winter hits, especially if you live in an area that doesn’t see much rain during the winter. The best way to help your trees hydrate is with subsurface watering. Instead of pouring water on the top of the soil, an arborist uses an injection probe to add water deep inside the soil where your trees need it.
Many people plant flowers and vegetables during the spring, but fall is actually the best time to plant trees and shrubs, so if your community needs trees planted, fall is the time to get it done. Planting the trees during the fall gives them time to grow in the softer soil. Once the sun comes out and dries up the dirt, it becomes harder for the small roots to grow. Plus, planting in the cooler months gives them time to grow and stabilize before they have to face the harsh sun.
Get Ready for Snow
Snow may be fun, but it also adds weight. Trees that are dying or broken may not be able to withstand the added weight of snow or the heavy winds of storms. Not only can this cause damage to the tree, it can cause damage to personal property, or injury. Get ready for snow and wind by pruning and cutting branches that look weak or are cracked, so they don’t fall.
Following these four tips will help keep your plants and trees healthy during the winter. Before the snow and ice strike, make sure your landscaping is ready.