Fall Yard Work Clean-up List
Fall yard clean-up starts with the gutters, which requires setting up a ladder to reach them. Make sure you have someone hold the ladder while you’re getting up onto the roof and getting back on the ladder to come down. Depending on how many trees you have around you might have to do this a couple times, because leaves and debris that fall from trees are usually the culprit for filling up the gutters.
Leaf cleanup is a necessary but never-ending battle. Leaves left scattered for the winter will smother the lawn. Don’t worry, however, about getting every last leaf out of the plant beds. As they breakdown, leaves can help insulate plants and provide them with valuable nutrients.
Once the leaves are collected, cut your lawn one last time before the winter, trimming it as short as possible to prevent matting, disease and rodent damage.
Your perennials will need to be cut back as they fade. Divide your plants. If your perennials are overcrowded, fall is an ideal time to divide the root ball and replant. Cutting back the plants prior to transplanting can help reduce shock.
Cut back and shape shrubs, trees and plants, such as hydrangeas, azaleas and rhododendrons.
Plant your spring bulbs. Fall is not all about closing up shop. It’s also the perfect time to plant spring flowering bulbs like daffodils and tulips. But pay attention to the weather in your area; planting too early can cause bulbs to sprout before winter, and planting them too late can mean their roots don’t have enough time to develop before the ground freezes.
If you have an irrigation system, be sure that it is cleared of water so it won’t freeze up and damage pipes. If you don’t, drain your hoses by laying them on a downward slope and pulling them slowly toward you, coiling as you go. Once they’re coiled, tie and store them in your garage or shed. Then head to the basement to shut off the water to your outdoor taps.
Clean up: Wash down the patio furniture and store it for the season. Make sure to pick up toys so they don’t get buried or lost.
Closing the swimming pool for the season is a great weekend project. For some useful tips on closing your pool check out our last blog post: Pool Closing Tips.
You’re all ready for winter so now is the time to get your snow blower up and running. Nothing’s worse than having your snow blower not start when the first snow storm hits.
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