Fall Landscaping Lesson   

 Taking care of a Florida landscape in the fall requires some specific attention. While our area doesn't experience the same drastic temperature changes as many other regions, there are still seasonal tasks you should consider to ensure your landscape remains healthy and vibrant. Here are some ten tips for caring for a Central Florida landscape in the fall:

1. Lawn Care:
Mowing: Continue mowing your lawn regularly, but raise the mower height slightly to allow grass to grow a bit longer. This helps shade the soil and retain moisture.
2. Watering:
Adjust your watering schedule as the weather cools down. You may need to water less frequently, but make sure to water deeply when you do. Early morning is the best time to water to minimize evaporation.
3. Fertilization:
Apply a slow-release, balanced fertilizer to your lawn and garden in early fall to provide essential nutrients for winter root growth.
4. Weed Control:
Continue to monitor and control weeds in your landscape. Fall is an excellent time for weed prevention, as cooler temperatures can slow weed growth.
5. Pruning:
Prune trees and shrubs to remove dead or damaged branches. Avoid heavy pruning, as many Florida plants continue to grow during the fall and winter.
6. Mulching:
Add a fresh layer of mulch to your flower beds and around the base of trees and shrubs. This helps conserve moisture and regulate soil temperature.
7. Planting:
Fall is an excellent time to plant new trees, shrubs, and perennial flowers. The slightly cooler temperatures are less stressful for newly planted vegetation.
8. Pest Control:
Keep an eye out for pests that may become more active in the fall. Consider using integrated pest management (IPM) techniques to address issues as they arise.
9. Lawn Renovation:
If you have warm-season grass like St. Augustine or Bermuda, consider overseeding with cool-season grass like ryegrass to maintain a green lawn throughout the winter.
10. Hurricane Preparedness:
Fall is also hurricane season in Florida. Trim tree branches that could pose a hazard during high winds, and ensure you have a plan for securing outdoor furniture and objects in case of a storm.

 Adjust your fall landscape care routine accordingly to keep your garden healthy and beautiful throughout the season, and remember ELT Landscape is here to help; contact us today for a free estimate.    
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