Fall has arrived! With its cooler temperatures and occasional rainfall, it is the ideal time to prepare your lawn for next spring.
- Continue to water and mow your lawn, as needed. However, as the season comes to a close, drop the mower’s blade to its lowest setting for the last two cuttings of the year.
- Feed and aerate your yard. Aerating will allow oxygen, water, and fertilizer to reach the grass’s roots. A fall application of fertilizer delivers essential nutrients to the grass.
- Rake up leaves from your lawn, at least once a week. Don’t wait until all the leaves have fallen from the trees or they may suffocate the grass and breed fungal diseases.
- Fill in any bare, bald spots in your lawn.
- Shred leaves and use them as mulch in your flower beds.
- Plant trees or shrubs and spring-flowering bulbs.
- Continue to water trees until the ground freezes.
- Do one last weeding and discard the weeds that have seeds in the garbage.
- Pull up any annuals and add to compost.
- Apply winter mulch after the ground freezes.
- Winterize lawn mowers and other power equipment.
- Drain garden houses before putting them away for the winter. And, if you have an irrigation system, completely drain it before freezing weather arrives.
Yard work can be fun and good exercise as well as keeping things orderly and preparing for spring!