When you hear the phrase “fall cleanup” do you feel overwhelmed?
If you do that’s okay, you’re not alone.
When both the temperature and leaves begin to drop the thought of fall cleanup slowly starts to creep inside our heads. You can keep saying you’ll do it next weekend but be careful because before you know it it’ll be too late.
A big majority of the fear that stems from the thought of fall cleanup has to do with one thing: the unknown. Not knowing exactly what it is that should be done can make your yard seem super intimidating to tame.
Here we’ll break down the unknown and give y
ou a list of the top 10 things that need to get done before winter strikes.
The first step should really go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway. Make sure you pick up all of the fallen leaves and sticks that have accumulated onto your lawn. It’s also important to clean out any flower beds close to the house to make sure critters don’t find a new home during the winter.
It may be easy to forget about the vegetable garden after you’ve enjoyed all of your reapings for the season. It’s a good idea to clean out all the junk that’s left over, add compost if you have any and till it one last time before the ground freezes.
As the winter begins, so do some pretty strong winds and ice, lots and lots of ice. Mix those two together on an old branch and you’ve got a potentially disastrous situation. Check around your property for any branches that look like they could possibly fall during the winter. If you see any then take care of them before they cause any damage.
The fall season will dump leaves onto your roof that’ll end up right in your gutter. Clean out your gutters so they’re clear by the time snow melts in the spring and can properly drain.
Things freeze in the winter! Drain out all of your hoses, irrigation systems, or decorative fountains so they don’t freeze and bust open.
Run an aerator over your lawn to break up the soil before the winter. This will prevent pooling of water on the lawn and help nutrients get to the roots of your grass come spring time.
Add some fall fertilizer that contains a high phosphorus percentage to put your lawn to sleep for the winter. This will help the roots grow and make your lawn more lush and green for next year.
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