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Time for the leaves to leave!

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

Plant Solutions Crews performing fall Clean-up in Basking Ridge, New Jersey

With summer officially in the books, it’s time to start thinking about fall and winter. Landscaping means employing a wide range of clean-up services to restore a commercial property’s beauty and prepare it for withstanding the coming winter.

The following is a snapshot of what we do for current customers. Those customers should reach out to their Client Service Representative if they have questions or requests for fall clean-ups.

A thorough fall clean-up protects your commercial and industrial landscape investment during winter’s harsh conditions and sets you up for a strong spring season. That way, once the weather trends warm again, your property will be in optimal condition and require only light clean-up and bed preparation for mulching.

What is typically included in a clean-up or more extensive full-service program?

  • Raking up leaves and composting grass clippings

  • Updating seasonal decor and plantings to include fall flowers, such as mum

  • Weed control

  • allows nutrients to reach the grassroots over the winter

  • Fertilization program that ideally includes phosphorous to encourage root growth

  • Cutting back perennials

  • Disposing of lawn debris

Why are fall clean-ups necessary?

Osman, our Field Supervisor with Plant Solutions, who has many years of experience supervising crews, says:

“Fall clean-ups are necessary because they help to remove any dead or unsightly plant materials from the lawn or beds. Typically, we cut back all perennials but can leave some taller grasses up depending on the client's preference. Also, removing the large amounts of leaves – or goes in general – promotes a healthier lawn for next spring. Another reason to remove dead plant material and leaves is the common vole damage that will occur- they love places to hide and keep warm within plant material during the winter months. “

As of the end of the growing season, leaving some of your perennials up and cutting others back will help get your lawn and landscape ready for the winter.

Some perennials that Plant Solutions typically leaves up for winter interest include:

  • Sedum

  • Ornamental grasses

  • Coral Belle

Also, by the time the temperatures drop, you know that snow and ice are on their way in Wisconsin, making cleaning up your lawn completely impossible.

A fall clean-up will give you peace of mind knowing that your property is ready for changing seasons. However, fall clean-ups can be one of the more challenging services to schedule due to the unpredictability of fall weather and needing to know when leaves will entirely drop. In the event of early snow in the fall, we’ll come back in the spring to remove any remaining debris.

Plant Solutions wants to make sure your clean-up gets done this season. These services are typically included in our seasonal maintenance contracts.

Again, please get in touch with your Client Service Representative today to verify that a fall clean-up is on the schedule for your property this year.



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