Preparing for Winter: Six Tasks to Do This Fall

Landscaping Now that winter isn’t too far away, it is time to prepare your lawn and landscaping for the months to come and the cold weather associated with it. To make sure your landscape is ready, make sure to tackle these tasks before the snow starts falling.

Clean Weeds

Go through any plant beds around your home and clean out all of the weeds that they contain. Once that’s done, go ahead and turn the soil. By doing this in the fall, you will save yourself a ton of work in the spring as the soil will be clean and ready for you to take care of your spring planting.

Mulch, Then More Mulch

Once the beds have been cleaned, go through and cover them up with mulch. You should also look at putting a layer of mulch around any trees or shrubs in your yard to protect them from freezing and frost damage during the winter.

Plant Spring Bulbs

To get ahead of your spring planting, go ahead and plant any springtime bulb plants in your gardens now. Doing this before mulching the beds will help to ensure they’re protected under the soil and mulch to make it through the winter and will give your garden plants a jump start when spring rolls around.

Seed Your Lawn

Much like the spring bulbs, it’s a good idea to seed your lawn in the fall. Drop grass seed in any worn or thin places on the lawn now, and watch the fresh green grass sprout up once the weather breaks.

Rake Leaves

Raking leaves is very important to get done in the fall. If you leave leaves on your lawn during the winter, it can lead to health problems with your lawn. This can include discoloration of grass, mildew or mold growth or even dead patches of lawn in areas with heavy leaf coverage.

Trim and Prune

Go around your lawn and prune or trim back any long or dead branches on bushes or trees. This prevents these weak or damaged portions of the plant from falling or posing a problem in the winter weather, and will help the plants to grow fresh and new in the spring.

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