Signs That You Should Do a Seasonal Cleanup

As a new season arrives, you should take notice of how your landscape is reacting to the different changes it brings. Leaves begin to fall from the trees as autumn begins, and as winter starts the temperature begins to drop. These changes can bring certain issues with them, and can turn your landscape into a bit of a mess.

As you prepare for the changing seasons, keep your eye out for these signs in your yard. If you notice any of them, you may need to schedule a seasonal cleanup soon.


Fluctuations in the Temperature

Winter Forest

The easiest way to tell that you should schedule a seasonal cleanup is if you notice a change in the temperature. When each new season arrives, the temperature tends to change dramatically. When spring changes to summer the weather can get very hot, and when autumn switches to winter the temperature drops quite a bit.

Changes in temperature can have a serious impact on your lawn and plants, so you need to get a seasonal cleanup done to prepare. You can have your lawn fertilized to help protect it from the chills of winter and the heat of summer. You can also use seasonal cleanups to make sure perennial plants stay healthy as the seasons change. Try to schedule a cleanup before the new season begins so your landscape will be ready before the temperature changes.

Leaves Are Falling From the Trees

Leaves on the Ground

Another easy way to tell if you need a seasonal cleanup is to keep an eye on the trees when autumn is getting ready to start. As autumn starts the temperature starts getting colder, and when this happens leaves change color and fall to the ground. When dozens of fallen leaves cover your lawn sunlight cannot get through to the grass, and this can put your lawn’s health in decline.

One of the main reasons people do seasonal cleanups is so they can get rid of fallen foliage and any other loose objects that end up on the ground. In northeastern areas, leaves typically start to fall from the trees in late September, and this reaches its peak in mid-October. It would be a good idea to wait until early November to do a fall cleanup, because at this time most of the leaves have fallen already, which will make the process much easier.

Weeds Start Popping Up


If you notice that weeds are popping up in your landscape, you should seriously consider getting a cleanup done. Failing to remove weeds properly may allow them to spread across your yard, and they can ruin your landscape’s image. This is why you need to take steps to remove weeds and prevent new ones from growing in.

With a seasonal cleanup you can get rid of any obnoxious weeds so your yard will stay in good shape. The people who come for your seasonal cleanup will try to control the weeds so they do not grow back. If you spot weeds growing in your yard during the spring, you should schedule a seasonal cleanup as soon as you can to prevent an outbreak. You can also have fertilizer placed down in autumn so you do not have to worry about weeds when spring arrives.

Finding Brown Spots In Your Lawn

Dying Grass
Source: Jo Naylor on Flickr

If you go outside and notice brown spots in your lawn with no grass, it is probably time to get a seasonal cleanup done. Thanks to the striking summer heat and the powerful chills of the winter, certain parts of your lawn may start to die out as the seasons change. When part of your lawn dies out, brown patches of dirt are left behind, and they stick out like a sore thumb.

Most people who offer seasonal cleanup procedures plant new seeds in these spots so the grass can grow back. If you want to have a cleanup done for this reason, it is usually better to wait until after the summer or winter come to an end. Temperatures tend to even out during the spring and autumn, so once the grass starts growing back in you should not have to worry about it dying again.


If you are looking to spruce up your yard, Hillsborough Irrigation offers seasonal yard cleanups for different times of the year.