It may seem like fall has just begun, but now is the time to begin prepping your lawn and trees for the harsh winter weather. Our experienced team at Rice’s Tree Service & Landscaping has compiled a short checklist that will better prepare your landscape for the cold months ahead.

Fall Trees and Lawn Care

General Cleanup

Besides just tidying up your property, cleaning up leaves and dead branches provides benefits to your grass and soil. Leaves and branches that camp out on your lawn all winter can potentially clump up and smother the grass underneath. That layer can also be inviting to pests and diseases like snow mold and brown patches.


Pruning is the important process of removing dead or dying branches from your trees. Our experts highly recommend getting trees pruned before winter, as it helps fortify the overall strength of your tress. And besides that, pruning is also a good preventative treatment to protect your property from fallen branches.

Wrap Trees

Leaves provide a small layer of protection, so when they fall, it’s helpful to protect your trees in an alternative way. Wrapping trees adds a protective barrier from winter sun and other bark-damaging conditions. 


Many homeowners think the only time you need to water your lawn is during the hot months of summer. But the fall is an important time to keep your grass hydrated and keep your soil soft. Letting your grass and trees go dry before winter can discourage strong roots to take hold.


Adding a little mulch around the base of your trees is a great way to keep them strong and healthy going into winter. Mulch helps retain moisture and reduce temperature extremes in the soil during the cold winter months.


Nutrients can be depleted from your soil during the hot summer. That’s why autumn is the perfect time to restore those nutrients back to your property. Add some slow-release fertilizer to sustain your grass and plants throughout the winter months. 

If you need help prepping your property for winter, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Rice’s. Call us today at (440) 582-7669 for a free quote.