Autumn Garden Tasks:
Remove seed heads of self-seeding perennials
Fill your bird feeders
Trim back foliage as it's frosted off
Pull the last weeds of the season
Plant bulbs for spring color
Soak in the fiery reds, golds and russet
Bring your houseplants inside
Have your soil tested and fertilize, if needed
Mulch the crowns of sensitive plants
Clean your garden tools
Bask in the rare bits of warm sunshine
Winterize your waterfeatures
Decorate with seasonal pots
Harvest the last of your vegetables
Take a walk in the woods and kick some leaves
Visit your local farmstand
Over the years you've owned your home, your landscaping (or lack thereof) has evolved to be taste specific. Your taste, to be specific, and if you're planning on selling your home, that's a problem- because as we all know, your home needs to appeal to the masses in order to get that quick sale.
My top recommendations to give your landscape a spit shine before that important realtor tour:
1. Clean out the beds. Remove anything that looks the slightest bit weedy, give every plant it's space. Lightly trim the shrubs- you don't want to give anyone the idea your garden needs constant attention.
2. Trim up the trees. A lifted canopy is like an instant facelift. You won't believe how it lightens up the place!
3. Prune back anything touching the house. People worry about mold, moss, insects and vermin when they see plants crowding the siding.
4. Mow the lawn and clear it of random toys, junk and debris.
5. Sweep or blow off the sidewalks, front stoop, patio and driveway.
Anna and her husband Todd own Arcadia Gardens, LLC a Stevensville, MI based landscape design and build company. Her degree in Horticulture with a focus on landscape management from Michigan State University allows Anna to select plants specific to on-site conditions and with maintenance requirements that suit the client's needs. She is comfortable designing across a range of styles- from contemporary to classic- and makes a point to include the client's input throughout the design process. She is an active member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and is serving as 2014 President of the APLD-Michigan Chapter. Anna has recently contributed to media such as "The Designer" and Gardendesign.com and is qualified to speak on a variety of topics from landscape design and maintenance to addressing local garden clubs and organizations.
PO Box 88
Stevensville, MI 49127