Fall Maintenance 101

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You could argue fall is Edmonton’s best season. It’s not too hot, not too cold, and it has the beautiful backdrop of our urban park system turning the skylines an arresting mixture of red, gold, and orange. But don’t stare at the turning leaves for too long. It’s also a season full of mini chores and you’ve got a lot of work to do. As the herald of the upcoming deep freeze of winter, fall is the ideal time to prepare for the colder season, and there’s no greater place to start than your backyard.

Remove Leaves
Remove Leaves

1. Remove leaves

As we move deeper into the season, the leaves of your deciduous trees will fall onto your property. If left on the grass over winter, the leaves can smother the grass and stop it from growing properly in the spring. The snow will also encourage mould to grow, further damaging your beautiful lawn. Rake or blower them into piles, and don’t forget about the leaves that are caught in your eaves troughs and downspouts. The city of Edmonton has regular yard waste pick-ups, but you can use your collected leaves as insulation on your open garden beds, just make sure to mulch the leaves before you deposit them.

Fall Maintenance
Fall Maintenance

2. Inspect your trees

As the various maples, birches, and elms on your property begin to shed their canopies, you’ll get a better view of their branches. Since this is Edmonton, you can expect several serious winter storms in our near future, so take this time to inspect the limbs to see if they are structurally sound. If anything looks loose or unwell, they may fall in a storm. While you may be tempted to bring out the ladder and cut these damaged limbs yourself – don’t. It can be incredibly dangerous to do without the proper training or the appropriate equipment that arborists such as Chipps Tree Care use. You may injure yourself or incorrectly prune branches and cause the plant further harm. Leave it to the professionals, who are trained to perform low-impact tree pruning Edmonton homeowners can trust. Booking their services is as easy as visiting www.chippstree.com and getting in touch. With a variety of skills and tools available, they can even offer tree removal in Edmonton.

Fall Maintenance Tips
Fall Maintenance Tips

3. Winterize your equipment

Outdoor appliances, faucets, and irrigation systems can’t handle the cold. Edmonton’s sub-zero temperatures will freeze any coolants or water left in these systems, so you need to drain them and turn off the source of water in order to prevent frozen and burst pipes. You can easily turn the water off from your faucets, but you may want to call the technicians who installed your air conditioner and water sprinkler system to ensure they’re winterized properly.

There are plenty of smaller chores that can take up a lot of your free weekends this fall, but these are your three priorities. Get started on your fall maintenance whenever you get the chance, and don’t forget to call a trained arborist Edmonton homeowners trust. They can help make sure your trees are healthy enough to make it through the winter.