The seasons are-a-changing! Now is the time to pack up the summer supplies and start giving your garden and backyard a little TLC before the cold really hits. Preparing your garden and storage shed for the cold weather not only improves the look of your yard but also helps ensure a beautiful growth come spring.
Prepare The Garden
Prepare the ground by assessing the growth from spring and summer. Weed the soil, divide out overgrown plants, and remove under-performing bulbs. Trim back plants that have grown a little too much and remember to deadhead blooms that have faded with the cool weather. Also don't forget to remove the summer annuals and store them for the next season. The more prep you do now saves you from digging up frozen ground in the winter and rushing come springtime. Protect what's already in the ground by adding some fresh mulch and peat moss that can provide protection from the elements and add much needed nutrition to the soil.
Prepare The Lawn
To avoid a patchy look in the springtime take the time to work on the lawn. Once you've removed all the leaves (which can be a task in itself) you can give your lawn a good dose of nutrition with a natural fertilizer. Fertilizing now will enable the grass to store carbohydrates and grow better and greener in the spring regardless of how cold the winter gets. Now is also a good time to get rid of weeds that have taken root to make sure they die off with the cold. Use natural herbicides or other natural methods to spot remove weeds to keep your lawn healthy and only kill off the troublesome plants.
Prepare The Tools
Fall is an ideal time for a post-season tool cleaning. Disinfect tools after you have done your fall garden cleanup and put them away someplace where they will not get wet and rust also add a little oil to the metal and wood parts to keep them in good condition. Do a good once over in the shed as well! Check expiration dates on chemicals and throw away anything that will be expired in the spring or that looks suspect. Replace through the off season to both save money and be ahead of yourself next spring.