You know how they say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb? One could say the same but in reverse about the coming transition from fall into winter in Chicagoland.
Fall slowly transitions us away from the heat and humidity of summer, bringing with it new colors and views. Leaves are changing color from emerald greens to rich, harvest shades of orange, burgundy and gold. And fall flowers erupt in similar shades with additional bits of purple and ivory.
But don’t let all this magnificent color distract you from the tasks at hand. Fall may seem like the time to take a break after the busy warm season, but it is actually an ideal time to complete the tasks necessary to prepare your commercial property for winter and, more importantly, a fresh and vibrant start come spring.
Here are four must-do fall maintenance tasks we recommend to get your commercial property ready for the coming seasons.
Fall Maintenance Task #1: Fall Aeration
Aeration is the practice of removing ½-inch diameter plugs of turf and soil from a commercial lawn using an aerator. In the process, aeration breaks up the top 4 inches of soil, which can become so compact they constrict the flow of air, water and nutrients to turf roots. That compaction makes the turfgrass slow to recover from drought or compaction from foot traffic and results in brown patches and bare spots.
Aeration removes these plugs and gives turf roots the room they need to absorb water and nutrients. The removed plugs are usually left in place the day of aeration so they can dry up and be broken down with subsequent mowings, benefiting the lawn further by acting as additional topdressing. Removing the plugs before they break down can limit the effectiveness of aeration on your property.
Fall Maintenance Task #2: Slit Seeding
Aeration is the perfect task to perform before our next important fall chore, which is overseeding turfgrass areas that are worn or bare, usually from receiving heavy amounts of foot traffic. When we slit-seed, we sow the seeds in the soil giving them the best chances for germination.
Fall Maintenance Task #3: Deep Root Feed Trees
Trees that live in the forest receive natural “fertilizer” from the decomposing of leaves on the forest floor. But trees that live in urban areas, like those on Chicagoland commercial properties, don’t have that natural fertilizer to keep them growing strong.
Properly fertilizing trees can help them thrive and stand strong against stresses like insects or diseases. Deep root fertilization, particularly, targets the fertilizer directly at the tree’s root zone, ensuring only the right amount of product is used for the tree and none is wasted.
Fall Maintenance Task #4: Plant Spring Bulbs
Now that the turf looks good with aeration and slit seeding, and the trees look good with a healthy dose of fall deep root fertilization, it’s time to think ahead to spring color.
Planting bulbs now ensures your commercial property is one of the first to experience that much anticipated flush of color once the weather starts warming up after a long, hard winter.
Prepare For Spring Today!
Don’t let the fall season pass you by without doing the tasks necessary to prepare your commercial property for spring. Give Sebert Landscaping a call at 630-497-1000 or use our simple contact form.
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