Preparing for Fall Landscape Clean-Up

The topics of landscape design and maintenance take up most of the conversational time in the industry, and for good reason. These are the services that make your landscape look great, and keep it that way. However, there is one more aspect of landscaping that might be more akin to a household chore than a landscaping installation. Simply put, one of the most common reasons your landscape does not look as good as it should is that it is dirty. Just like your living room, clutter can take a sparkling property and turn it into a jumbled mess. This is why landscape clean-ups are so important, and should be performed routinely. In this blog, we are going to touch on everything you need to know to prepare for a landscape clean-up from Dream Greener this fall.

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Benefits of a Fall Landscape Clean-up

When growth slows down in the fall and winter, this is the perfect time for disease and pests to attack while your lawn is weakened. Leaves and debris actually create a breeding ground for these lawn predators and open up your defenses. Leaf compaction and soil compaction can both be caused by excessive debris, and they can both have an effect on the acidity of your soil. When the pH level becomes undesirable, you will be forced to take steps to fix it or deal with the consequences. It is preferable to avoid the situation entirely with a cleanup in the fall. Just to note, we recommend a cleanup in both the spring and fall, preparing for and coming back from winter.

Preparing for Dream Greener: People and Pets

This is just a general rule of thumb for all landscaping activities, but for safety purposes, we urge you to keep your children and pets indoors while we are on site. There is no need to worry about something going wrong, but we always practice “better safe than sorry.” We do utilize some professional equipment, and depending on the specific property this could be a powerful tool. In any case, staying inside rules out the possibility of anyone being injured.

Pet and Animal Waste

While we will clean up almost anything in your landscape, animal waste is not one of them. This is because animal feces and urine can carry parasites, diseases, and infections that are easily passed to humans. It is also in your best interest to get it out as it can discolor turf, damage plants, and even dry up into your soil. It is our firm policy not to do this ourselves for liability reasons, so we ask that you remove waste before a clean-up service.

Marking Protruding Objects

One look at your landscape gives us an idea of where most things are, but not everything that we need to know about. Anything that could be in our way needs to be marked, with examples including water shut-offs, electrical boxes, sewer vents, hydrants, invisible fences, utility cables, wiring, pipes, irrigation components, and sprinkler heads. Our goal is to leave your property sparkling, better than we left it. With that being the goal, we want to avoid damaging your property just like we would not want to damage the property of a friend.

Dream Greener Lawn & Landscape is led by a staff of service experts, each with ten years or more of professional experience, focused exclusively on lawn care & maintenance, landscaping, and snow & ice management. Locally owned and operated, we are proud to serve the greater Pittsburgh area. Give us a call at (412) 835-1035 or visit our website today.

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