Below are a few yard chores we recommend you tackle now for a better lawn and landscape this spring! Getting ahead of tasks and planning ahead of time will make all the difference.
- Grass Upkeep: Fall is a great time to tackle grass work so up the ante on your grass with the below steps.
- Aerate: Rent an aerator or ask your local landscape company if they can do a one off aeration for your yard. Aeration pokes small holes in your lawn which allows water, oxygen and fertilizer to easily reach the grass’ roots. Your lawn will grow back thicker and fuller!
- Over Seeding: After you aerate, your lawn has a lot of surface area so it’s a great time to overseed. Overseeding means seeding your entire lawn, which will help make it lush. This is especially great if you use your lawn often, which will give it some wear, tear, and thinning.
- Top Dressing: Top dress your lawn with compost. Rake a small layer of compost across your entire lawn! This is a really great natural fertilizer and acts as a protective layer for your grass during the harsh winter months (like mulch, which is coming up!).
- Installation – Many people think of spring when it comes to installing plants/shrubs and landscape, but really anything deciduous can be planted now! Right now is also a great time to potentially find good deals in nurseries as they are looking to get rid of inventory before the colder months. However, this also means you need to be open to substitutions as certain species may be sold out. Plant now before a freeze so that roots are established before the winter. Your plant will go dormant during the winter and in theory, will need less water to survive than a spring planting.
- Plant Bulbs – Most garden bulbs that bloom in the spring should be planted now so stop by your local nursery and grab some of your favorites – tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, alliums and more! Here’a a great overview on some favorite bulbs.
- Clean Your Gutters – Not glamorous, but it’s a necessary and a good thing to put on your calendar for at least once a year! Clean the gutters to avoid a creating larger problems such as a leaky roof, making a friendly home for a critter, or other unfortunate situations.
- Mulch – Mulch is like a blanket for your plants and shrubs! It protects them in the winter from the frigid temperature and then shelters them from the harsh sun in the summer. Fall is a great time to apply a layer of mulch.
- Weed – In the fall there are not as many new weeds popping up so that’s another reason why it’s a great time to renovate your lawn (point 1)! But, if there are any big, nasty weeds, pull them now because they will only be harder and more established in the spring.
For some quick five minute lawn chores you can also tackle, see here! Happy Fall!