No matter how tired you are of summer lawn upkeep, autumn is no time to put your yard on the backburner. There are several steps you can take right now to ensure fresh blooms in the spring and your garden tools won’t have to be replaced. Preparing your yard for winter not only keeps your lawn looking clean, it can go a long way to keeping unwanted pests from nesting in the muck and potentially seeking access to your house.
It’s time to tidy up.
Pull up those weeds!
Clean up any loose leaves and fallen branches. You can put the branches through a wood chipper to use as mulch around bushes and trees.
Pull out dead plants. If you are going to replace with new foliage, be sure to plant them one month before the first frost.
Before cutting back plants and shrub, check the best season for pruning.
Take care of your tools.
Don’t let your tools rust. After use, clean off any debris, and apply boiled linseed oil to metal surfaces.
If water is left inside your hose during the winter, it can freeze, expand and damage your hose. Coil up your dry hose and attach the ends together. Store off the ground.
Drain any gas from gas-powered yard equipment.
As you are putting away your flip flops and pulling out your scarves, don’t forget to show some love for the outdoors. Your springtime self will thank you!