Get Your Backyard Ready For Fall!
With summer in the rearview mirror, it’s time to start enjoying the cooler fall temperatures and spending some time getting your home ready for a new season. It’s time to put away your summer clothes, start making counter space for your crockpot to be out much more frequently, and get outside to prepare your yard for autumn.
Your fall yard focus can be twofold: doing a few things to keep it looking lovely for the next couple of months and also doing some prep work to set the stage for a beautiful spring and summer next year.
Let’s start with the “enjoying your yard this season” portion:
Choose hardy flowers. Pansies, aster, goldenrod, helenium, and sedum are just a few great choices for this time of year.
Stock up on planters. You’re very likely to find lovely planters on sale this time of year, so choose a few for your yard and plant some flowers in them to enjoy before the cold hits.
Plant a fall garden. There are several vegetables that thrive in a colder environment, including beets, kale, carrots, and broccoli.
Keep dead leaves raked. This is a given during this time of year, but it’s a good reminder to keep your yard both beautiful and healthy.
Moving into the “spring and summer prep” section:
Plant bulbs. Spring-blooming bulbs are best when they have cold dormancy prior to blooming. Some beautiful options are daffodils, allium, and grape hyacinth.
Prepare your beds for winter. Remove dead plants and weeds and aerate the soil. Then pack mulch around temperature-sensitive plants to help them survive into next year.
Save your leaves. Each time you rake this season, place your leaves in a compost bin to become next year’s fertilizer!
Seed your lawn. Most lawn care experts agree that this is the best time of year to seed your lawn, since the cooler -- but not yet freezing -- weather allows your lawn to develop strong roots without harsh heat to contend with.
Oh, and don’t forget to ENJOY being outside this time of year! If you have an outdoor eating or entertaining space, decorate it with fall items like pumpkins and gourds, corn stalks, hay bales, apple baskets, and more.