As fall approaches and the weather begins to cool down, there will be certain things you need to do in order to prepare your backyard for the season. Fall is the time of year for harvesting, but it is also a great time to get your lawn and garden ready for new growth in the spring.
Get Supplies Out Of Storage
Anyone who takes proper care of their lawn and garden needs a good storage solution in their backyard. Sheds and storage units are perfect for keeping your mower, landscaping tools and more safe and protected during the year. Sheds give you quick and easy access to your equipment to make preparing for fall and other seasons a breeze.
Mow And Feed Your Lawn
During the fall season, your grass will not grow as quickly as it does during the summer. However, it is still crucial to continue watering your lawn whenever it gets dry. When you go to mow, set your lawnmower’s blades on their low setting to help the sun reach the roots. Be sure to give your lawn the nutrients it needs based on where you live and the type of grass you have. If you are not sure, get your soil tested to receive recommendations on the best fertilizer to use.
Protect Your Outdoor Furniture
Depending on where you live, the fall season can be harsh on your outdoor furniture. To make sure they last and stay looking great, take steps to protect them. There are many ways to protect your outdoor furniture from damage including keeping them clean, spraying the fabric with a protective spray and keeping them dry. Pay attention to your furniture after it rains to ensure they dry properly. If they don’t, mold can begin to grow. If you know a storm is approaching, move your furniture into your backyard shed or garage.
Examine Lawn And Garden
Preparation for the fall season should include taking the time to fully examine your lawn and garden. Look for dead plants needing to be removed and bald spots in your lawn. Take note of which plants will need to be divided or removed before the winter months. Certain herbs and plants will need to find shelter before fall ends in order to survive winter. These steps are important to finish during fall because the ground is not yet covered in frost from the cold or soggy during the springtime thaw. Tilling your soil during the fall will allow more oxygen to get introduced into the soil while the weather is still warmer. This ensures it will be healthier by the time you plant in spring.
Get Rid Of Pesky Weeds
The fall months are a great time to rid your backyard and garden of weeds. Clover, dandelions and crabgrass are just some of the weed types that can wreak havoc on the health of your yard. Purchase weed prevention spray to apply when the air temperature is moderate and the soil is moist. Using mulch can be a great way to keep pesky weeds to a minimum as well. If you have pets, be careful about how you distribute the weed spray. The sprays can contain chemicals that are harmful to your pets. Allow the spray to penetrate into the weeds for a few hours before allowing your dog or other animals to roam.
Check Your Trees For Loose Or Damaged Branches
Rotting branches can cause damage to your home and yard. Look for any rotting or damaged branches that need trimming. It is easier to complete this task in the fall when most trees have lost a lot of their leaves. The branches will be easier to inspect and trim.
Taking time to prepare your backyard for fall will allow you to have a much nicer lawn and garden during the following spring and summer. A little preparation beforehand will enable you to have a beautiful backyard and garden to enjoy.