Finish Me Now!
Holiday Curb Appeal
It’s a race against temperatures to get your yard in holiday shape before snow starts to swirl. But even if you haven’t touched a rake or pulled a single weed since summer, there’s still time to take care of many yard maintenance and improvement projects, says Jonas Pattie of Novelty-based landscape design firm The Pattie Group.
“Most landscape companies work right up until Dec. 15,” says Pattie, installing new beds, trees and shrubs, decks, patios and water features. Better yet, “many of them will offer a discount because they’re trying to finish out their year strong,” he says.
Pattie offers this handy to-do list that’ll have your yard looking great for the holidays and beyond:
- Plant new lawns, perennials or ground covers no later than Oct. 15. Now is the time to either divide or cut back existing perennials, but wait until spring to cut back ornamental grasses to take advantage of their winter color and fullness, advises Pattie.
- Winterize your sprinkler system ASAP. Same goes for shutting down and draining outdoor water features, unless you install a heater to keep them running year round.
- In late October or early November, make the final cut of your lawn “nice and short,” says Pattie. Give trees and shrubs a fall fertilization for best spring greening.
- Dreaming of new landscape work next spring? Pattie recommends calling a professional now to get the design process rolling — “that’s how you get to be first on the schedule in spring,” he says.
12:00 AM EST
September 26, 2008