Arrange a call back
Confirm Postal Code:

tips from TruGreen experts

Seasonal tips to help you get the most from your landscape year-round.





learn more about

Learn More

lawn care

Explore lawn plans and learn about our tailored approach.

Learn More

tree and shrub care

Browse plans and services tailored for your landscape.

Learn More

home pest control

Learn about our powerful approach to in-home pest control. 

  • Aeration

    If you have not scheduled your Core Aeration, there is still time to get it completed. It is one of the most beneficial services you can do for your lawn!

  • Early fall watering

    Early fall is often dry, so water your lawn if rainfall is inadequate.

  • Fall cleanup

    Clean up leaves and twigs before they become matted and smother your lawn.

  • Fall maintenance

    To reduce problems in the upcoming winter and to speed green-up in the spring, continue to water and mow your lawn as needed. Your lawn may be turning brown and trees and shrubs may have lost their leaves, but new roots grow throughout the fall.

  • Fall pruning

    Prune your plants. After leaves fall, it's easier to see where to remove branches and other plant growth to maintain the shape of your trees and shrubs. Do not prune early flowering shrubs in the fall (such as lilac or forsythia) as this will remove next year’s flowers.

  • Fertilization

    Fall is the best time to fertilize your trees and shrubs for the same reason it is the best time to fertilize your lawn. As top growth slows in the fall, food produced by the plant now goes towards root growth and storage for the spring.

  • Final mowing

    After grass stops growing, cut the lawn a final time at one setting lower than normal. This will reduce matting of the turf over winter and reduce the occurrence of snow mould problems.

  • Ice maintenance

    Consider using “ice melt” products other than rock salt on your walkways and driveway this winter to prevent damage to your lawn or landscape plants. Ask us about our ice melt product line.

  • Making use of leaves and mulching

    To prevent leaves from smothering your lawn, mulch them when they are dry with your mower. Using a mulching mower means less work for you and recycles nutrients into your soil.

  • Oiling

    During cold months, while dormant, trees and woody ornamentals benefit from an application of horticultural oils. These have been used for decades to eliminate mites, aphids, and scale insects that over-winter on the plant.

  • Tree & shrub planting

    When planting trees and shrubs, place the plant in a hole so the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil. Water so the soil is moist, not wet, during the first few weeks after planting. September and October are the two best months for planting landscape plants.

  • Watering evergreens

    Watering evergreens during the fall and winter before the ground freezes will help counteract winter drying.

  • Wind protection

    Winter winds cause damage to evergreens by drying leaves. Covering vulnerable trees and shrubs (such as juniper, cedar, spruce, yew, rhododendron and boxwood) can protect them from drying winds and snow damage. Wrapping twine around upright junipers can keep their branching compact and prevent snow and ice damage.

Back to top
Arrange a call back
need help from a representative?