Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Landscaping In The Fall

Contributed by Alec Bates

Most people feel as though they have to landscape in the spring. This is supposedly the best time to get your home looking immaculate for late spring, summer, and possibly fall. But the spring season is often too late to get your lawn and home to look the best it possibly can. Plus, the weather in the spring is extremely erratic. One day it's freezing, the next day it's raining, and the next day it's gorgeous. You can't establish any type of continuity in these conditions. That's why I like to do the majority of my landscaping in the fall. The temperature is perfect and it's an opportunity to get a head start on the neighbors. Not only is it the perfect time to seed and aerate the lawn, but it's perfect for pulling weeds, building anything new, cleaning out the garage, and more. For example, this fall I'm going to put new wood chips around our two front trees. My wife says this makes no sense, but it makes perfect sense to me. We live in South Carolina. Our lawn is going to be covered in snow over the winter. I want to make it look as good as possible now. That will mean less work in the spring, which is when we like to travel. If a rainy day happens to come along over a weekend in the fall, no sweat, I look at it as a reward to relax and watch satellite tv from www.tvbydirect.com/directv-deals.html all day.

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