CHARLOTTE – It’s time to prepare your lawn, gardens, and landscaping for the annual Thanksgiving crowd. Unlike the trick-or-treaters, these guests are your family and impress your family is “Job One” during the holiday season. Here are four tips to help create some much-needed curb appeal in preparation for your loved ones.
- GET RID OF DYING OR DEAD FOLIAGE
Of course, fall is usually the time of year when plants are going dormant and aren’t necessarily ready to grow. This also means that it’s time to clear out your garden in preparation for the winter season ahead. This is a great time to take inventory of your garden and landscaping, remove the dead annual plants and cut back dying grasses and shrubs. Fall is the best time of year to think about starting over for your landscaping. A clean slate can be exciting.
- MULCH YOUR LANDSCAPING
Mulching in the fall is the best thing that you can do for your garden and landscape. By spreading a few inches of fresh mulch around your trees, bushes, and in your flower beds, in addition to beautifying your property, you are ensuring root systems will stay well-hydrated and protected during the upcoming winter.
- PAY ATTENTION TO THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOME
Even though the focus is on your landscaping here, your home is also part of the curb appeal. Make sure you take the time to clean out your gutters, check your shingles for roof damage, and power-wash anything that needs it. Giving the exterior of your home a little TLC is always a great step and Thanksgiving can be your motivator.
- BE PREPARED FOR DEEP FREEZES
Even though winter has not yet officially arrived, be prepared at a moment’s notice to protect some of those more expensive and sensitive shrubs from unexpected early deep freezes that sometimes occur before Thanksgiving. After all, you don’t want dead shrubs “adorning” your home when the relatives arrive.