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By now, most of the lawn and landscape chores have been taken care of around the property. But there are still a few things that can be done, depending on how far South you live.
In our area of West TN. Paris, TN, we still have mild temperatures into December. We still have leaves hanging on going all the way through December also. These leaves can cause a lot of damage to newly Fall seeded grass, so they need to be kept cleaned up.
You can keep mowing the lawn each week, or every two weeks, like you had grass growing, and mulch them up. Or, you can vacuum them up, which is better, assuming you have the equipment to do that.
If you don't have the equipment, you can hire it done. Most lawn and landscape maintenance companies have the required equipment to vacuum up fallen leaves. The lawn looks much cleaner and it's better for the lawn. If you keep mulching leaves and returning them to the soil, you will have to add lime on a yearly basis to keep the lawn from going too far acidic.
Pruning that hasn't been done around the landscape can still be done, so check out those shrubs to see if they are in need of a good trimming.
Large trees can also be pruned during the Winter, it's actually the best time to prune them. Cutting off the lower limbs of all the trees in the lawn is a great way to improve the look of the entire landscape and let 10 to 20% more light in on the lawn, which will help to grow grass under those trees.
The only warning we give about trimming on trees is to NOT TOP. Topping of full size Oaks, Maples and other landscape trees is very seldom needed, and is most of the time harmful to the long term health and safety of the tree.
Lime applications can be done anytime of the year, Fall is the best time. So if you haven't applied lime in a while, just get some and do it. No soil test needed, as lime is the first thing to be leached out of the soil, and 95% of all lawns are deficient in lime.
As a general rule of thumb, we suggest putting down one 40# bag per 1,000 sq. ft. of lawn area.
Pettetized lime is the best for a homeowner lawn, and is the easiest to apply since it is formulated into hard pellets. The powdered ag lime that most people are familiar with is hard to spread, and it doesn't work as fast as pelletized lime in changing the Ph of the soil.
Plan New Landscape Projects Now
Do you have some landscaping ideas? Have you been thinking about moving shrubs, adding shrubs, planting a perennial garden or setting some large trees out?
Now is a good time to take a look around your landscaping and make notes about what you see, where do you need to change or add plants for Winter color or interest?
Shrubs and trees give us two main components to the landscaping, color and visual interest. You can take a look at our page on Plants For Winter for some suggestions for shrubs, trees and plants that will add interest and color to your landscape. We are used to seeing all of the color and new growth during Spring, but we can also have some of these things during Winter with proper plant choices.
Crepe Myrtle have intersting shapes, when pruned correctly, and some varieties have a peeling bark that is nice. Burning bush and Firepower Nandina have bright red colors through the winter. Winterberry shrubs are covered in bright red berries as are Standard Nandina that have a reddish/orange berry. The birds love them and the color adds to your Winter Landscape.