The weather is getting cooler and the beautiful autumn colours are coming out. You can smell the pumpkin spice lattes in the air. Can you believe that the fall season is here? When did that happen? The weather has been up and down for a few weeks now. Is it still summer or has autumn begun.
Unfortunately, the cold weather is soon upon us. With the autumn season upon us brings the need to start our outdoor cleanup of our lawns and gardens. While the weather is still somewhat decent, now would be the time to start our “Fall Cleanup”. It will be a lot more comfortable for you to get things cleaned up around the house while the temperatures outside are still a little warmer than usual.
Here are a few things you might need to cleanup . . .
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Things you will need to start your cleanup:
- heavy duty paper bags
- lawn mower
- leaf blower
- hedge trimmer
- garden gloves
15 Tips To Start Your Fall Cleanup:
1. Lawn Care:
Collect all dried up leaves and put in paper bags for garbage collection or if you have composting. Cut grass one more time before the cold weather hits us hard 🙂 and throw fertilizer to keep lawn in good shape
2. Dead Plants:
Clean up all dead plants in the garden and pull the stakes out of the ground, wash them, dry them and store them in a dry place (tool shed)
3. Cultivate the Soil:
Turn the soil roughly so it is loose when first frost hits
4. Trees and Shrubs:
Prune dry and extra branches on all trees. Then cover trees with burlap – sensitive to cold weather and north wind
5. Patio and Deck:
Clean patio, deck and store patio furniture, umbrella, cushions, etc. in a dry place
6. Garden Lights:
Remove all decorative lighting from your lawn and garden
7. Water Hose and Sprinklers:
Close all outside water valves, drain them and wrap in foam insulator, coil hoses and store them in a dry place
8. Air Conditioner:
Cover air conditioning unit with appropriate cover
9. Furnace Care:
Check all exhaust pipes outside house (ex: furnace, water heater) so they are not plugged with any debris. Inspect and check furnace before cold weather hits, replace filter (if replaceable) or wash permanent one
Check, visually, roof shingles for any damage or irregularity, clean gutters, check vertical pipes and make sure all water coming from roof is directed away from house (foundation)
11. Windows and Doors:
Check window wells of basement windows. Check to see if they close properly and that there is no drafts. Check all doors, make sure they close nice and tight, no draft (replace seal if needed)
12. Garage Doors:
It is beneficial if garage doors are sealed properly so temperature in garage is above freezing point
13. Lawn Ornaments:
Any other items (statues, decorations, benches, pots, urns, etc.) that are heavy and not easy to move – wrap and tie in plastic (heavier grade). Make sure everything is dry first before covering.
Replace filter on humidifier and make sure it works
15. Pest Control:
Make sure that there are no pests and rodents around the house, since this is the time when the temperature drops, they will try to find refuge in warm garbage or house
I hope I was able to help with these simple tips on preparing your lawn for the cold winter months ahead. You will be happy you did it now. So when the spring season comes, you will be ready to start fresh and plant all your beautiful flower beds.
To help you out even further, I have created a check list for you to follow and check off each tip as you begin your clean up. I also, left enough room so you can add more items of your own.