Backyard Cleanup and Storage Tips for Fall 2018

Fall is here, which means it’s time to get your backyard ready for the cold weather ahead.  Though they may seem like daunting tasks, you have to keep up with things like falling leaves, clogged gutters, and overgrown trees and shrubs.  The following tips will make the process much easier.

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In addition to a lawn mower, make sure you have the following on hand:

  • Rake
  • Pruning Shears
  • Tree Trimmer
  • Broom
  • Leaf Bags
  • Trash Bags
  • Heavy-Duty Gloves
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Pressure Sprayer
  • Spreader
  • Tarps

1.) Keep in mind that the leaves will fall at their own pace, likely giving you little trouble some weeks, and then dropping rapidly at once.  Create space in your schedule to clean up the leaves little by little so that when the work gets tougher you haven’t already fallen behind.

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2.) Finish bagging the leaves before the first snowfall. If you have a mulch mower, you can also turn them into clippings for fertilization. If you don’t have a mulch mower, use bark mulch.

3.)  After all of the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters.   This may be your least favorite fall chore, but clearing out mushy leaves in winter or spring is far worse.

4.) Use pruning shears to cut back older or decaying branches from your perennials. You should also mulch the soil around the plants to protect them from ice and freezing. Continue to water these plants when there is a lack of rain or snowfall.

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5.) Spray weeds like dandelions and clovers in the yard with a herbicide.

6.) Apply a dry fertilizer to your lawn and lay grass seed to fill in sparse areas or dead patches in the yard.

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7.)  Plant bulbs in fall for spring.

8.) Once the cold weather hits, wrap tree trunks and shrubs to protect them from the bright and potentially dangerous winter sun. It should remain there until early spring.

9.)  As the days get shorter and the nights longer, you may want to add outdoor lights to your yard or pathway, which will enhance your overall security and make your home look more appealing.

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10.) Before the end of the season, give your grass a final cut with your mower on a slightly lower setting than normal.  This length of grass will do well under the snow.

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11.)  Gather winter supplies from the garage or shed and store summer and fall equipment.  If your outdoor furniture or lawn machinery will be sitting outside all winter, they should be protected with a tarp to prevent moisture from freezing and causing damage.

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