When booking a landscaping company, most people think that spring and summer are the best times to do it. In fact, even the most expert gardeners can get caught in the trap of neglecting their lawn through the cooler months. Falling leaves, cold weather, and dead plant life can make landscaping work seem hard and unnecessary. But forgoing proper lawn care during the fall and winter can create real problems for your landscape year-round. That’s why it is so important to let a landscaping company maintain your lawn during the fall and winter months! Read on for the top 8 reasons that you need a landscaping company during the fall and winter. COOLER WEATHER MAKES HEALTHY ROOTS One of the best reasons to maintain your landscape during the fall and winter is the cooler weather. As the temperatures drop from the hot summer months, your soil reaches the ideal temperature for plants to establish healthy roots. This means that the fall months are actually one of the best times to install new plants so they’ll have time to establish themselves and have adequate growth for the winter season. In fact, woody plants and many perennials actually do the best in cooler temperatures for this reason, so it’s the perfect time to have your landscaper plant some new ones. LESS MAINTENANCE Whether you’re an avid or a novice gardener, you probably don’t want to spend every waking moment outside doing yard work. During the spring and summer your lawn requires almost constant care to keep it in prime condition, even if you have a landscaping company. But during the fall and winter, your lawn doesn’t require as much attention to prevent overgrowth. This means that your landscaper won’t need to do quite as much maintenance, lowering your bill and keeping your yard attractive for longer periods. IT’S THE OFF-SEASON The spring and summer are by far the busiest seasons for landscaping as everyone looks for colorful flowers and elaborate designs to beautify their lawns. This also means that landscaping companies are busy and may have limited availability, especially for new customers. Fall and winter are a great time to establish a relationship with a landscaper while their schedules aren’t as full. Plus, more availability means that they’ll have more time during appointments to discuss large or complicated projects (and then do them). Sometimes you’ll even get discounted off-season rates! MAINTAIN YOUR LAWN TO PREVENT DYING We’ve all seen those brown winter lawns. Dead plant life is all too common during the cold winter months - but it doesn’t have to be. It is important during the fall and early winter seasons to maintain your lawn and prepare it for the cold temperatures. This means clearing your lawn of weeds, leaves, and old mulch in order to prevent unnecessary lawn death. Having a landscaper clear and maintain your lawn during the fall and winter seasons will protect it from winter’s cold sting and keep it spring-ready! TREES ARE EASIER TO EVALUATE FOR PROBLEMS WHEN THEY HAVE NO LEAVES Trees are at their most beautiful when they’re full of healthy, plump leaves. But they’re actually easier to evaluate and treat when their leaves are gone! Tree problems are easier to see and access when the bark is exposed. That’s why late fall is the perfect time to have a professional landscaper or arborist evaluate the health of your trees and come up with a treatment plan. PREPARE IRRIGATION FOR THE COLD WINTER MONTHS Landscaping isn’t just about the flowers. During the fall it is essential to prepare your irrigation system for the cold winter months. Failing to properly prepare your pipes can lead to devastating consequences for your lawn if they freeze or - even worse - burst underneath. Your landscaper will use an air compressor to drain or blow out the excess water from your system to prevent freezing before shutting it off. Leaving excess water in the lines - even if the system is turned off - can cause pressurized pipes to burst. Don’t take the risk of an expensive repair job! Let a landscaper properly prepare your irrigation system before the first freeze to keep it in good condition until Spring. KILL WEEDS BEFORE THEY ENTER DORMANCY There are two reasons that fall is the best time to tackle your toughest weed problems. First, perennial weeds are easiest to kill during the fall because they begin to store their energy in their roots to prepare for the winter. This means that weed killer is more effective than in the warmer months, when they store energy in their leaves. Second, like all plants weeds enter dormancy during the winter. If not removed dormant weeds become a problem that can only be handled by removing them by hand - a high-maintenance job for even professional landscapers. For these reasons, fall is the best time to have a landscaper remove those pesky weeds from your landscape. THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE THIS TIME OF YEAR WILL DETERMINE THE CONDITION OF YOUR LAWN IN THE SPRING If your lawn is neglected through the fall and winter then it will be much harder to rejuvenate during the spring. Unraked leaves in the fall lead to a dead lawn in the winter which results in potentially spotty growth in the spring. See what we mean? Proper lawn maintenance is important year-round to keep it in the best possible shape. With football season in full swing, you may not have time to properly care for your lawn (and who wants to do yard work in a parka?). That’s why keeping a landscaper during the fall and winter seasons is such a good idea - it keeps you warm and in the game while keeping your lawn in spring-ready shape. Fall is fast approaching! Get on top of your fall and winter lawn care by booking Krob Landscaping today. From planting to irrigation systems to weed control, we offer a full range of lawn care services year-round. We can create and maintain your perfect landscape during the cooler weather so that you can rest assured that your yard will win the neighborhood lawn award come Spring!