As the seasons change, so does our landscaping’s needs. With summer winding down and fall just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare your business’s landscaping for the fall.
The reason it’s so important to get ahead of this and ensure your landscaping is ready to handle the fall weather is because your landscaping is often the first thing that those visiting your property, including potential customers, clients, and residents, get to see. The last thing you want greeting them are shabby grounds that haven’t been set up to thrive in the fall weather.
In addition, in many cases, the trees, lawn, shrubbery, and other plant life on your property needs special care and attention to survive the season change and thrive going forward. If it doesn’t receive that care and attention, it can lead to landscaping issues plaguing your property for weeks, months, or even years to come.
How Do I Prepare My Business’s Landscaping for Fall in California?
There are a few key issues that must be properly addressed to ensure your business’s landscaping is prepared to survive and thrive throughout the fall, including:
- Frost – For frost, it’s important to protect your plants, especially plants that are sensitive to the cold. Keep an eye out for frost warnings, and if frost is in the forecast, water your plants and keep your plants’ root zones moist but not too moist. You don’t want the area to become soggy. At certain points, your plants (including trees) may need to be covered. This is often the case if temperatures drop below 50 degrees or once it reaches mid-November.
- Pests - In the case of pests, just check on your plants periodically to ensure that they’re not experiencing pest problems. Pests that can be a problem in the fall include yellowjackets, ants, carpenter bees, spider mites, aphids, leaf-footed bugs, and borers.
- Diseases - As for diseases, the most likely culprits to watch out for in the fall are cankers and root rot. Cankers are a symptom of several severe tree diseases.
- Soil – Fall is a good time to refresh your mulch. In addition, it’s best not to work your soil during the rain, because that can lead to your soil becoming compacted and having poor aeration. As far as feeding plants goes, and especially when it comes to fertilizer, as the weather cools, many plants slow their growth and begin going dormant. That’s why it’s a good idea to stop adding fertilizer or feeding plants as the weather turns colder.
- Irrigation – Because the days are shorter and the temperatures are cooler, your plants will require less watering. In addition, make sure your landscaping is draining properly. Especially keep an eye out for and eliminate standing water in your plants’ root zones and around the trunks of your trees.
- Maintenance – As plants wind down for winter, some will lose their leaves and have branches and flowers fall off. Brush clearance should be one of your top priorities in the fall.
Contact Our Commercial Landscaping Experts Today!
If you need to have your commercial property prepared for fall, you’re in the right place. Since 1970, Stay Green has been helping businesses and communities in Southern California with their commercial landscaping needs. We understand the plant life in our area as well as anyone, and we’ve helped customers successfully tackle a wide variety of landscaping issues during our over five decades in business.
Our commercial landscaping experts provide the following services:
- Brush Clearance
- Tree Care
- Pest Control
- Drought Defense
- Plant Health Care
- Water Management
- Landscape Design and Building Services
- Landscape Maintenance
Ready to speak with our commercial landscaping experts about your situation? Call us at (800) 741-9150 or reach out to us online today for more information or a free estimate.