We know yard clean-up may be tedious for you but autumn is a pivotal time to take it seriously. We made this 5-point checklist for you to ensure the healthy lawn you’ve spent all summer grooming stays rich and strong through the cold, harsh months. If done right, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see your healthy lawn rise through the melting snow in the spring. Don’t worry, we’ll be here with more tips in the spring.

1. Rake and dispose of leaves

As they fall from the autumn trees. Remove dead plants and branches from your lawn and garden before the first, and often unexpected snowfall.  This will allow your lawn to breathe better come spring as the snow begins to melt. It also makes spring clean-up that much easier.

2. Aerate your lawn

This will help loosen up compacted soil. This also allows rainwater to reach the roots, avoids standing water, and ultimately provides a better grass growing environment over the upcoming colder months.

3. Fertilize your lawn

It will help it heal from damage during the hot summer months, but also, to prepare it for the cold, bitter, months ahead. Talk to your landscaper for information on the best fertilizer to use in the fall.

4. Don’t stop mowing

Your lawn doesn’t stop growing when the weather gets cold, but it does slow down. Continue to mow your lawn in the fall but ensure the cutting height to be about 2 inches.

5. Clean your eavestroughs

Clean your eavestroughs of water, leaves, and debris while you prepare your lawn for winter. Any leftover waste and water will freeze as the temperatures drop. Don’t forget about your garden hoses, waterfalls, bird baths, and ponds.

Complete this fall preparation checklist and you’ll be well on your way to putting your landscape to rest for the winter. Next month we’ll provide you with pre-winter guidelines to ensure your lawn is protected from the cold, harsh, winter months.

If you have any questions about this fall preparation checklist feel free to contact our team.