The days are getting shorter and cooler around the Pacific Northwest, so it’s time to start thinking about preparing your yard for the fall season! Here is some noteworthy advice on preparing your outdoor spaces for the cool weather comes.
Now is the time to aerate your lawn to allow water and fertilizer to seep deeper into the soil. Once it is aerated, over-seed the lawn. The cool temperatures will help the seeds germinate and get established for next year.
To keep your garden looking tidy this fall and preparing for a beautiful and bountiful spring, remove dead annuals from garden beds and prune back plants that have flowered. Also, cleaning up fallen leaves is a must because the bacteria can change the chemical balance of a flower garden. Plant bulbs for spring flowering plants and hardy veggies such as carrots, onions, broccoli, spinach. Come spring, you’ll be glad you did!
In addition to maintaining garden beds and lawns, there are other outdoor maintenance items to consider addressing before the chill comes:
- Fixing any broken or damaged fencing
- Cleaning out gutters
- Draining pools, ponds and other water features
- Filling up bird feeders
- Filling cracks in the concrete driveway to prevent ice from cracking it further
- Lighting up pathways
- Storing or covering outdoor furniture
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