Prepare Your Commercial Property for Winter With a Fall Clean-Up From Varsity Inc.
Varsity Inc. includes fall clean up as part of a full site maintenance plan and how the extra attention in autumn can pay off big time.
Maintain Your Commercial Property With a Fall Clean-Up
There is nothing like a cool, crisp autumn day. Plants use the cooler weather to shed leaves and get ready to be dormant over the winter, just as your commercial property needs a scheduled fall clean-up to prepare for icy weather. Caring for your property in the fall will protect your property during extreme winter weather and, when planned for properly, will result in less maintenance in the spring. Plus, your trees, lawns, and other plants on your property need to be assessed and cared for by seasoned commercial landscaping professionals so they stay healthy and thriving.
Get the most return on your landscaping investment with Varsity Inc. Our team includes fall clean-up as part of a full site maintenance plan. This blog will look at some of the essential aspects of fall clean-up and how the extra attention in autumn can pay off big time the following spring.
Plant and Landscaping Assessment
The fall is a great time to assess the health and growth of the various plants, trees, and shrubs on your property. Our full assessment makes sure they are growing as intended but that this growth is controlled and won’t disturb other features of your landscaping such as walkways and lighting. Unhealthy trees and shrubs can be removed in the fall and the area prepared for replacement plants in the spring. Plans for alterations can be made before the ground freezes in the winter.
Tree and Shrub Care
These plants are important focal points of commercial landscaping, and during the spring and fall they need extra care to make sure they are healthy and growing how you want. The experienced arborists at Varsity will fully assess all trees on your property, prune them to promote proper growth, and remove dead branches. Commercial properties may also have other requirements, such as how high the trees are allowed to grow and how wide. Your property may also have signage, power lines, or sightlines to parking lots or street frontage that can’t be blocked. Fall is the perfect time to clear these.
Fall is essential for lawns, as it is the best time to fertilize and prepare it for growth in the spring. The heat of summer and sporadic waterings have most likely exhausted your lawn, and these services are what will keep it healthy and happy:
Leaf removal – While leaves provide an important organic element that helps your lawn grow, leaving them whole on your grass can result in dead spots. We start leaf removal as soon as they start falling, and after the first frost, we do a final clean-up to remove all leaves, branches, and other debris.
Fertilize – We apply pre-emergent granular fertilizers to prevent weed seeds from germinating in late fall. If this isn’t done at the right time, you will see more clovers and crabgrass in the spring. We apply more of the fertilizer in the spring to make sure your lawn is healthy and consists of nothing but grass.
Seeding – For naturally-seeded lawns, fall is the perfect time to establish new grass. Overseeding results in a thicker lawn in the spring and can strengthen the root system, providing additional erosion control.
Soil Aeration – Over time, the soil under your lawn gets compacted from being walked on and from heavy rains. Core aeration removes a small plug of soil and grass roots, which loosens the dirt. Looser soil means more water, air, and nutrients reach the turf roots and promotes more even growth. The time to aerate is typically before we apply pre-emergent granular fertilizer. A properly aerated and fertilized lawn is always a recipe for success.
Plant Fall Flowers
Just because the seasons are changing doesn’t mean you need to stop enhancing your landscape. There are many varieties of fall plants, such as pansies and mums, that thrive in the cooler weather and can provide another pop of color through the cold months ahead.
Plant Spring Flowers
If your landscaping plan calls on certain spring flowers, fall is the time to plant them before the ground freezes. Once winter passes and the ground thaws, spring bulbs come to life and bring a burst of color to your property.
Varsity Inc. Will Handle Every Fall Clean up Need
It isn’t too late to schedule your fall clean up. Call Varsity Inc. and find out how our site maintenance plans can help you keep your property beautiful during all seasons.
Varsity Inc. has been providing a full range of landscape related services to the Northeast commercial and industrial markets since 1974.