Get your garden and yard in shape prepared for colder temperatures by following these essential but quick and easy fall lawn care tips.
Essential Fall Lawn Care Tips Every Homeowner Should Know
I’m a stickler for a green lawn. There’s something about being able to walk around with my toes being tickled by verdant blades of grass. But that will change in a couple of weeks as the temperatures start to drop and ushers in the threat of snow and ice.
So, to prepare for winter and at the same time set my yard up for success for spring, I’ve come up with this handy to-do fall lawn care list:
Mowing helps to keep the leaf blades short so that the plant uses less energy in the months ahead. Grass will eventually go dormant and that’s fine. Mowing also helps to keep mold from developing. But more important than that, short lawns keep the varmints at bay. Rodents like moles and voles can’t hide or burrow very easily if there’s nothing to cover themselves. I usually lower the cutting height adjustment from “3” to “2” on my Honda lawnmower.
Raking helps to gather up the leaves and other debris but it’s a great de-thatcher, too. (Hint: if you ever see any brown spots on your lawn, bring out your leaf rake and break up the thatch to allow for new grass leaves to poke through.)
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3. Trim and Prune
Trimming and pruning in fall helps keep overgrown trees and shrubs fit for the winter months. For example, my little willow gets a trim in spring and fall, so that it doesn’t take over the planting bed. It may be a small variety but still it needs a “haircut” before winter.
Winter is tough on grass. Giving it a bit if fertilizer builds the strength of the overall yard, so that it can weather all the storms to come.
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I like to top off my garden beds with a thin coating of mulch. Doing so protects the plant by providing a barrier between the snow and a plant’s frail roots. It also helps to keep the soil moist below.
Finally, finish by watering your evergreens. My personal landscaper told me once that these trees need to get a good drink of water before the ground freezes, so that they can store up enough water to keep growing over winter. After a few “low-snow” winters, I can honestly see the difference in the quality and quantity of branches.
For more great seasonal tips for your lawn and garden, be sure to check out Wisconsin Homemaker’s Garden Section.