Fall is here and that means cool nights, short days, warm apple cider and falling leaves. However, fall is also the ideal time to work on your backyard. Spending some time on your lawn’s health and preparing your property for the winter can make for a healthier, more vibrant spread of grass in the spring. Follow these simple fall tips to improve your backyard and save your joints in the spring.
Rake and clean
Mostly everyone has experienced the joy of jumping into a pile of leaves, but there’s more than just fun and games to that chore. Raking leaves, twigs and other refuse can save your lawn from thin and bald spots in the spring. Leaves that are left under snow can smother your lawn, leaving it discolored, thin and bald in the spring thaw. Use either a rake and garbage bags or a mulching lawn mower to remove those clumps that can damage your lawn. The same goes for pet waste—either scoop it or hire a neighborhood child to remove any “presents” left by Fido. Keeping pet waste removed will not only save your lawn but keep it looking nice when that deceptive blanket of snow melts away.
It may seem surprising, but early autumn is the perfect time to fertilize your lawn. Using delayed-release feed will help your lawn recover from a hot, difficult summer. Slowly feeding your grass over the winter and keeping it packed with nutrients for a bright and full spring growth will help protect it from insect eggs and the cold.
Chopping wood for your fireplace can be a difficult task, but the time invested before the first snowfall will save even more of a headache. Consider saving your back (and legs) by using a wheel loader to haul your cords of wood back to your home. Taking care of this intensive chore in the fall will also give the wood time to dry out, making it easier to burn and reducing smoke when you cuddle up in the winter time.
There’s nothing quite as encouraging as seeing the first spring growth peeking through rapidly melting piles of snow. Fall is the ideal time to plant flower bulbs like tulips and crocuses. Be sure to avoid areas where water collects or else the bulbs may be drowned in the spring thaw. Also be careful to correctly identify the pointed ends of the bulb so the plant can grow correctly.
Fall is the ideal time to undertake home improvement projects and prepare your home for the winter. While you put up new weather stripping, replace your air filters and insulate your water pipes, don’t neglect your lawn’s health. Putting in some time on your lawn’s health and preparing for the coming snow will reduce your work catching up in the spring and keep your lawn brighter and healthier.