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Lawncare Tasks that Require Your Attention All Year Long

Posted by Stephanie Morgan on September 03, 2020 @ 9:00 am PST

There is an ebb and flow to lawncare. During the spring and summer, you will spend more time out in the yard mowing and trimming than you will in the fall and winter. The timing of the tasks you need to complete will depend on a number of factors including the types of plants you have, the temperature outside, and the general climate in your area. You will have to adjust the tasks you do in the yard as the seasons change. There are, however, some lawncare tasks that require your attention all year long

Weed control

Weed control is a big job in the spring and summer months when the majority of plants are in an active growing stage. If you want your lawn to be healthy and look good then you need to have a plan for weed control in the spring and summer. Weeds can quickly take over your yard and leave it looking unkempt and unhealthy. Weeds often slow down as the cooler weather moves in but, unfortunately, they do not completely stop growing. There are some types of weeds that will continue to cause problems in the fall and winter. If you want to keep your yard free from weeds all year long then you need to keep up with your weed control efforts. The simplest way to protect against weeds is to set up regularly scheduled lawn care services that include chemical weed protection. 

Tree and shrub maintenance

Trees and shrubs do not require the same level of maintenance as fast-growing grass or delicate flowers. However, trees and shrubs do require care throughout the year to remain healthy. There are a number of things you can do to protect the trees and shrubs in your yard in the fall and throughout the year. Tasks to complete in the fall include trimming back dead or dying branches, keeping an eye out for nearby pest activity, and providing a boost of nutrition through systemic injections. 

Debris clean-up

Cleaning up debris is a lawncare task that will require your attention all year long. In the fall and winter, the debris will mostly be from dead leaves and plants. If you allow leaves to accumulate it can prevent important nutrients from getting to the root system of your grass. Debris from dead plants can potentially spread disease and cause issues for the perennials in your garden that will pop back up in the spring. Staying on top of the debris cleanup in your yard is a lawncare task that is never finished. 

Proper water flow

The flow of water in and around your yard is something you need to pay attention to throughout the year. Improper drainage in the fall and winter can lead to issues in the spring when your yard comes back to life. This is not a time-consuming lawncare task but it can save you a lot of effort in the future. When it rains, take a look at how the downspouts of your gutters are functioning. If you notice that water is spilling out over the sides of your gutters it could mean they are clogged. If you notice water is not flowing away from your house as it should, there may be an issue with the grade of your yard. Waterflow issues can cause standing water, erosion of your yard, and flooding in your flowerbeds. Each of these problems can have a negative impact on how your lawn looks. Keeping an eye out for issues throughout the year can help you catch and correct a problem before it becomes serious. 

You will never get a complete break from caring for your lawn – it needs some type of care throughout the year. You can, however, get help if you cannot keep up with the necessary tasks. The pros at The Experienced gardener can help you with your lawn care needs all year long.