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Fall Cleanup

  • By Phil Grande
  • 25 Oct, 2013

As October winds down and November ramps up there are plenty of opportunities to work on your landscape projects.

Fall Rake

As the leaves begin to turn colors and start to cover up our landscape, I can’t help but appreciate living in New England. It’s as if some of the tension from the world seems to blow away like leaves on a windy day. I have always enjoyed looking through my rear view mirror at the crispy leaves tumbling away from the road as I zip by. I have also always enjoyed the opportunity that Autumn brings for landscape projects and services. It is a comfortable time of year to work and often gives you a chance to catch up on any work missed over the busy summer season. As October winds down and November ramps up there are plenty of opportunities to work on your landscape projects.

Fall Cleanup approaches vary, but at the end of the day, removal of the leaves is paramount. Every homeowner wants to see the sharp lines cut into the lawn, crisp edges along the landscape beds and no debris on the walks or drives. One popular approach is to maintain the weekly visits. Staying in a routine never allows for an abundance of cleanup, and if the weather turns a little dicey, you are never too far behind.

Soundview is also a full service yard waste recycling facility. We are registered with the CT DEEP to accept Leaves, Brush, Stumps and Logs. Need your items picked up?  


Consider renting one of our large roll-off containers to load on your own.

Following the fall cleanup, consider your lawn care alternatives. Have you done a soil test lately? How about Fertilizer. Winterizer formulations can keep your lawn healthy and give you a great head start for the Spring. We are introducing an 18-0-18 Winterizer formulation in order to comply with the Phosphorous ban in CT.   Pelletized lime applications can keep your soil in shape and the proper pH helps your fertilizer work more effectively. Read more about soil testing and fertilizer in our lawn care article.

Consider working on hardscape projects during the fall. Perhaps you have a walkway or patio in mind. As long as the ground isn’t frozen, work can proceed and by the winter you can even have a firepit installed in your patio with time to enjoy it! The fall is also a great time to wrap up any planting projects.

For fall cleanup, Soundview offers:  

  • Leaf and Yard Debris disposal.
  • A new line of Heavy Duty Bulldog Tarps as well as lightweight Bempro tarps.
  • Outback Mulch and Screened Compost for late season projects or winterizing.
  • Landscape Barrels for cleanup efforts.
  • Atlas Fit and Thermal Fit Rubber Coated gloves.
  • Burlap for use as Wind Screens, or for transplanting plants.
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Soundview is ready to accept your yard waste material as long as it is clean wood, brush, stumps or leaves.  Material needs to be separated so we can process it correctly, so don’t mix rocks and soil with leaves and brush please.  Our convenient, State of CT DEEP permitted recycling facility will allow you to recycle material and leave with a load of some fresh mulch or plants to get your next project started.
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