November is the time to perform the final landscaping tasks before your lawn and your plants enter their dormant stages for the winter.


You want to make sure your yard is tucked in snugly for the season, so that it wakes up refreshed and ready to bloom in the spring! Your landscaping depends on you for proper year-round care.

Take a look at the following six important tasks you should do before the snow starts to fall.

  1. Get Your Gutters Cleaned — This is a critically important job that needs to be done every spring and fall. Gutters clogged with leaves, branches and other landscaping debris can’t carry water away from your home. This can lead to water damage to your roof, attic, upper floors and around your foundation.

    Gutter cleaning is a job best left to professionals, as one false move can result in dire physical consequences. It’s not expensive either, so you’re better off paying someone to do this for you.

  2. Mulch Your Leaves — We mentioned in a previous post that mulching leaves is preferable to raking them. Not only is it faster and easier, it’s better for your grass. Mulch is a natural fertilizer and it’s good for the soil and landscaping in general.

    Whether you decide to mulch, rake or hire someone to remove the leaves, just make sure you don’t have a carpet of leaves on your lawn when it starts snowing, or your grass will need serious help recovering, come spring.

  3. Fertilize — Yes, we just said you don’t need to fertilize your grass if you mulch, but it doesn’t hurt to add a little phosphorous to your soil. Not nitrogen though — not in the fall, anyway. Phosphorous helps your grass’ roots grow strong before the ground freezes, making for greener grass in the spring. Put some on your trees and shrubs, too, so all of your landscaping can benefit.

  4. Clean Your Tools — Clean debris off your shears and clippers and other gardening tools and coat them with WD-40 so they won’t be rusty when you take them out again in the spring. Landscaping chores are best done with clean, sharp tools.

    Also empty the gas out of any of your gas-powered tools, like your lawn mower, weed whacker, chain saw, etc. Old gas left sitting in tools like these can gum them up when you try to start them in spring, possibly necessitating a call for repairs.

  5. Drain Your Irrigation System — We detailed how to do this properly in a previous blog. It’s a big job, and it must be done right in order to protect your system from damage when freezing weather hits, so follow the steps carefully, or turn to a professional for help with this fall landscaping chore.

If any of this seems like too much work for you, or if you get caught up preparing your Thanksgiving meal and run out of time, call Earthworks Landscaping. We can get your yard all ready for its long winter nap.