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Fall Landscaping: What NOT to do this fall season

The fall season has arrived and it’s a beautiful one – the leaves are changing colour, the weather is still nice outside. But that doesn’t mean you should be neglecting your outdoor spaces. Landscaping contractors are still hard at work perfecting homeowners’ homes outdoors and you should too!

The fall season is the perfect time to do some outdoor fall landscaping to not only maintain your home’s curb appeal, but to prepare your outdoor living spaces for next spring. We’ve compiled a list of what NOT to dos for you to follow to have the perfect fall home exterior.

Don’t leave piles of leaves on the ground because they look pretty

It’s a picturesque scene: you’re walking or driving down the street and everyone’s lawns are covered in colourful leaves. There’s a thick layer of burgundy, yellow and brown leaves and it makes you want to gather them up and jump into a heaping pile of it. No matter how picturesque the scene is, that doesn’t mean you should forego raking leaves this fall. Your lawn underneath still needs to breathe and it won’t be able to soak up moisture and sunlight if it’s fully covered. Not only that, but a clutter of leaves covers up walkways, driveways and other obstacles that may cause someone to slip and fall. Prevent accidents from happening by raking now and then.

Raking may not be the most glamorous home improvement job, but with the right tool, it can be made easier. Check it out:

Don’t forget about your pool

Swimming season may be over, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect the beautiful pool that’s outdoors. Keep up with routine pool maintenance to ensure it will be in working order next spring. Here’s what you should be doing:

  • Make sure chemicals are at the right levels;
  • Skim the pool, removing leaves and debris from the water.
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Leaves that are left in the pool can stain the liner.

When you’re ready to cover the pool and do end-of-season maintenance, why not hire an expert to do it for you? We have an extensive list of swimming pool contractors who can prepare your pool for the long winter ahead, and conduct routine maintenance when the spring weather arrives.

Don’t plant your flowers for the spring season

You might be thinking: why would I start planting now if the flowers won’t grow until spring? Won’t the harsh winter weather be harmful to the flowers? Think again! There are tons of flowers you can (and must!) plant in the fall for a lush garden in the spring. From bulbs to perennials, daffodils to tulips, you have a ton of options to choose from. These flowers are designed to be planted in the fall because they have time to acclimate with the ground and will hibernate until the last snowfall has melted. Once spring has sprung, your yard will be laden with a beautiful and colourful garden.

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Don’t fertilize the lawn

The leaves are covering the lawn anyway, why do I have to fertilize? Your lawn still needs a little TLC before the winter weather arrives. Gardening experts say you should fertilize at least twice a year: once in the spring and now in the fall. The sun has done some damage to the lawn and it needs to grow and be healthy again. Give your lawn a healthy feeding of fertilizer so it has the nutrients it needs to hold it until the spring season.

Don’t know what fertilizer to use and how much? This expert at Home Depot shares some insights with us:

Have you visited our directory of home service professionals? Our directory features a list of lawn care experts that can keep your outdoor lawn in mint condition!

Don’t hire a landscape lighting expert

Just because the sun is going down earlier in the evening doesn’t mean you can’t spend time outdoors. It’s a good idea to evaluate what kind of lighting you need outside. It’s not only a proper safety measure – like fumbling for your keys when you drop them outside – but lack of lighting forces you to stay indoors because there isn’t any in the first place. Illuminate your outdoor spaces and fall landscaping with a wide array of lighting options:

  • Wall sconces;
  • Lamps;
  • In-ground lighting.

These lighting techniques are a great way to draw attention to the beautiful fall landscaping you’ve spent money on, and give you the light you need to spend more time outdoors.

Don’t know where to start when it comes to outdoor lighting? You’ve come to the right place. Visit our directory to find an extensive list of landscape lighting experts in your neighbourhood. Get started on the project so you can maximize your time outdoors.

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When it comes to outdoor lighting, you have so many options!

The fall season doesn’t mean you shouldn’t maintain your outdoor spaces. There are so many projects you can do to improve your home’s exterior while the weather is still nice out. Don’t forget to consult our directory of home renovation specialists to find the right professional for your home project. When it comes to fall landscaping, we can put you in touch with the right experts! From landscaping contractors who can give you advice on what to plant for this fall season and next year’s spring, to lighting experts who can illuminate your yard, we have it all!

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