Fall is the time of year when plants prepare to go dormant for the winter. Deciduous trees will drop their leaves and some bulbs will need to be planted before the temperatures begin to drop.
If you’ve just bought an owner-financed property or are interested in property for sale in Edinburg on which you can create the yard of your dreams, then there’s some prepping that needs to be done in time for fall.
The good folks at Santa Cruz Properties are here to provide a few tips to keep your yard tidy and ready for next year’s garden.
Start With the Leaves
Tidying up your yard is a good first step when it comes to preparing for winter. The first step you’ll want to take is to make sure your grass and garden beds are cleaned up.
While shredded leaves make great mulch, they can kill your grass over the winter if left alone. Additionally, if you’re thinking of listing your property for sale in Edinburg during the spring, a bad lawn can negatively affect your home’s curb appeal and value.
How often you will need to rake and cut your grass will depend on your trees. Some species tend to shed leaves slowly, so you need to rake regularly to keep your yard tidy. Other species of trees tend to drop their leaves in a very short period of time. This makes it a bit easier for you to clean up since you may only need to rake a few times until the trees are bare.
If you just bag up your leaves, raking them into rows can make cleaning up easier. If you want to use them as mulch, you can put them on a tarp and just drag them to where you want to place them.
You can also use a leaf blower or vacuum to help make the job a bit easier as well. Check your local hardware store for all the tools you may need.
Look for Dead or Diseased Branches
Dead or diseased branches can be a serious safety risk; all it takes is one storm and a heavy branch may fall on your home or other property. Even if the branches aren’t very heavy, they can still cause damage to your garden and yard.
Waiting to clean dead or diseased branches also means picking up branches all fall or during the spring.
Smaller branches on shrubs or low trees can be handled with a hand saw or shears. Anything much larger than about 3 inches in diameter will need a professional arborist. These professionals can also make sure there aren’t any future headaches brewing in your yard.
Remove Annuals and Prepare Perennials
Most annuals die sometime in late fall or early winter, which means you can just pull them out and add them to your compost pile. Many plants with bulbs or rhizomes will put up new stalks each year, so trim the old ones back to the soil.
This can help your yard look tidier since it won’t be filled with dead plants during the fall or winter months. While you’re at it, plant things like garlic and spring-blooming bulbs in the fall before it starts getting too cold.
Buy Your Dream Property With Santa Cruz Properties’ Owner-Financed Services
Keeping your property tidy through fall is just staying on top of it until the cold weather sets in. If you want a bigger yard or garden, Santa Cruz Properties can find the perfect owner-financed plot of land for you and your family. We can help you sort through our properties for sale in Edinburg until you find the one you love.