As we begin to see the leaves change color and stores putting out holiday items. We tend to forget that this beautiful change in the season makes mess on our lawn. As much as you may hate to admit it, summer has come to an end and with that recognizable chill in the air and the fluttering leaves falling from trees to the ground, where you’ll have to rake them. Nature has its way of putting the summer plants to rest before the cold weather arrives. But you still can make it easier to wake it from the winter hibernation by following this fall lawn and garden clean-up checklist.
- Rake your garden beds, getting rid of the dead annuals, weeds, and other debris that can attract bugs.
- Fertilize your lawn between September and mid-October to feed it essential nutrients before the winter.
- Resist the temptation to prune your trees and bushes. This action encourages new growth, which will die during the winter. The best time to prune is in the early spring, at the start of the growth season.
- Gently till the garden soil, which both aerates it and exposes insects that will survive the winter underground.
- If you plan to plant a new garden bed in the spring, cover the area with plastic or mulch to prevent further growth.
- For the final mowing of the fall, set your mower to cut the grass shorter.
- Prepare garden beds now for spring planting by testing and amending the soil with compost, and adding a layer of mulch to prevent weeds in the spring.
- Remove and discard any diseased plants; don’t mulch or compost them.
A little extra effort now will save you more time in the spring!