The leaves are turning, and a chill is in the air. If you’re like most homeowners, fall also means an opportunity to spruce up your yard and cut down on the work you’ll need to do when the weather turns balmy again.
1. Rake Those Leaves Before Snowfall
2. Feed the Grass
Fertilizing in the fall is the most important feeding. Using a slow-release fertilizer allows the grass to soak up nutrients and – just as important – spend the cool days and nights of autumn recovering from summer heat and stress. And building a healthy, rejuvenated lawn is one of the best ways to protect against heat, cold, drought, insects and other stresses.
3. Weed All About It
Weeding in the fall is probably the most valuable thing you can do to prepare for spring, and it’s one that many people overlook.
4. Pick Up the Poop
When the snow melts next spring, the last thing you want to see on your lawn is pet waste. Fall is the perfect time to get out there and clean up Rover’s little leftovers. Don’t look forward to getting on your hands and knees? Hire GREEN GUYS.
5. Reduce Thatch Build-up with Aeration
A build-up of above ground roots called thatch prevents sunlight, oxygen, moisture and nutrients from getting to the hungry soil below. Heavy use throughout the summer can cause soil to become compacted. Perforating your lawn with small holes helps reduce compaction and let’s water, air and fertilizer get down to the soil, which strengthens the grass plant’s root structure.
6. Water Trees and Shrubs
Dehydration during the colder months is an all-too-common cause of tree damage, but it’s easily preventable. To sustain them over the long winter, it’s important to give trees a drink before putting them to bed. After they go fully dormant – but before the ground freezes – use a soaker hose or root feeder to water them thoroughly.
7. Clean Out The Garden
Fruits and vegetables left in the garden can rot all winter long, and provide a comfy home for insect eggs. Gross? Not as gross as they’ll be in the spring. Now is the time to get rid of diseased plants, too, but keep them out of the compost pile so the problem doesn’t spread to the rest of your garden next year.
8. Plant Spring Bulbs
9. Give Your Tools a Tune-Up
10. Winterize Your Irrigation or Sprinkler System
Old Man Winter may be on his way, but with a little work now, you can lay the groundwork for a happy, healthy backyard that’s ready to thrive next season.