Friday, September 20, 2013

Five for Friday: Fall Yardwork

Just because the temperatures are dropping doesn't mean you should quit taking care of your yard, although it may be very tempting. After a long summer of watering and mowing and trimming we are all ready for a break from yard work. These 5 simple things to do in the fall will help your yard look its best come spring.

1. Clean out flower beds and planters. Cut back perennials and remove annuals. After the first frost plants will start to die back on their own. By removing the foliage you will be saving yourself time come spring, and you'll be taking away breeding ground for disease and pests. Which will lead to a healthier garden next year.

2. Fertilize lawn. Your lawn has made it through a hot summer and needs a little extra boosts to green it up and get ready for a long winters nap.

3. Plant trees, shrubs. Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs, since the weather has cooled off a little and you can usually find trees and shrubs on clearance. Win!

4. Plant grass seed. It is still warm enough for grass seed to germinate and the cooler temperatures will make it so the ground doesn't dry out as quickly, a challenge with grass seed. And once it does germinate it will thrive with the cooler temps. Come spring there will be grass instead of mud!

5. Plant bulbs for spring--tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, etc. Because these bulbs need so many hours of cold temperatures before they will bloom, planting in the fall is the only way to get the beautiful blooms in the spring.

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