Raking Leaves Near Your HomeLabor Day has passed, and here in Maplewood, South Orange, Millburn and Short Hills, NJ we can already feel a chill in the air. It’s time to get ready for fall and in local real estate that means gearing up for the fall real estate market.

Landscaping has a huge impact on the curb appeal of your property and, without a doubt, curb appeal is what home buyers are looking for. Even if you are not thinking of selling, an important task is to prepare the landscaping around your home for the cooler months. You don’t want spring to roll around and discover that your once-lovely landscaping has been ruined.

Be sure to rake up any leaves that fall on your lawn. The changing colors of autumn leaves are beautiful. However, if you let the leaves pile up on your lawn, it can get damaged as clumps of old leaves may prevent the grass from getting sufficient oxygen.

If you have decorative bushes or roses planted around your home, now is the time to stop pruning them. Pruning encourages new growth and since you don’t want to risk your plants with a growth spurt in the winter, it’s time to let them begin to wind down. The exception to the no-pruning rule is dead wood, which needs to be removed to prevent bugs from nesting.

While pruning should be stopped, feeding must continue. Be sure your plants are adequately nourished for the lean winter months. Add fertilizer and compost to the soil and thoroughly weed your garden beds as well. Weeds should be easier to pull as the weather cools and the plants start to wither and dry up.

Now is also a great time to plant perennials in many places. Bulbs especially will get a head start on growing a strong root system during the cooler months so that your home can be filled with beautiful blossoms come spring. Taking the time now to clean up, clear out, and prepare will have you enjoying your landscaping and your home throughout the coming seasons.

Adding seasonal items like mums, pumpkins, kale, etc. can make your home feel special at this time of year. So get into the season and get out there with your gardening gloves on!