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Mulching your landscaping or garden beds in the fall

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Yes, it is a really good idea to mulch your garden or landscaping in fall. Why? There’s a long winter ahead, especially if you live in Nebraska or Iowa, and you want to make sure that come spring, you’ll be all ready to plant.

When vegetable gardens and annual flowers have been harvested or are dead, garden mulching can begin!

Remember these basic guidelines when preparing to mulch your landscaping or garden:

  • Remove plant debris from gardens
  • Don’t let weeds remain in your garden or landscaping beds, because you will have to deal with them in spring if you don’t now
  • Now you’re ready for roto-tilling your soil
  • If using leaves as a garden mulch, shred them first (for example, by running the lawn mower over them before collecting them)
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Why it’s important to clean and protect your hardscape

Your Hardscape (brick pavers, retaining walls, natural stone work) were chosen because it offers long lasting beauty. But the beauty of these materials is not impervious to the harsh environment that we have here in Nebraska. Don’t forget that taking care of your hardscape areas is just as important as managing your landscaping. It’s really important to clean and protect your hardscape, to preserve its original appearance.

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Keep your driveway, rocks, pavers and walkways clean by power washing two to three times throughout the fall months. Be sure to remove any oil, rust, tars, and efflorescence (the whitening that occurs naturally as water evaporates bringing salts to the surface) from your hardscape. Hardware stores carry various stone and concrete cleaning products like Naptha or mineral spirits, which can help you clean deep and stubborn stains much easier. Maintaining your hardscape annually will help prevent any stains from becoming permanent.

 

 

Landscaping design and flood prevention

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Landscaping design and flood prevention for many homeowners, goes hand in hand. With the amount of water we’ve seen this Spring in Nebraska, it may be a good idea to create a overall plan for drainage combined into your landscaping design.

Raising soil levels for flower and shrub beds to keep heavy downpours away from foundations is a great place to start. Raised beds in front of your house is a great way to divert rain water in to a drain. That allows water to flow away from your house.

Did you know? For older homes and foundations especially, an overall landscaping design may be a necessity to change the flow of water coming towards the home.

DSCN2178Having a hardscape layout with pathways may be a good idea too. Hardscapes and pathways can offer water a way to flow away from your home and can be a good drainage plan for your landscaped yard. With a properly placed pathway, water can be directed to flow into the lawn.

Also consider various trees species for damp places in your yard where water builds up during a storm. For example, a willow tree does well growing in “wet spots” in a yard. When it matures, it can help decrease water build up in problem places throughout your landscaping.