Into every one of our lives a little fall must come – once a year.  And this year’s season of preparing your great outdoors for winter weather is well on the way.

Your backyard isn’t going to prepare itself and while it’s a wistful task to wave the balmy months of summer farewell, it’s a necessary one.

This post offers our fall backyard advice and inspiration for homeowners getting ready for seasonal change.  We hope this helps, as you pull on your fall jackets and take on the task of battening down the hatches.

The Last Cut

As a rule, your grass should be maintained at about 3 inches in height.  It should be cut until it stops growing, even if it’s cold.

Grass which has been allowed to grow too long prevents the growth of new grass by shading it from the sun.  Also, it gets packed down under the snow, promoting mold.  So, be brave!  Get out there and keep your lawn cut until it ceases its seasonal growth cycle.

Before You Seed, Test

The perfect time to seed your lawn is in the fall, but before you seed, test the soil.

Professional soil testing is a great first step toward a fall seeding, as it determines available nutrients and the Ph level of your lawn.  For about $15, you can get a read on how ready your lawn is to seed and what you need to do to replenish it, prior to seeding.

Now, Reseed

Your lawn can take a beating from foot traffic and the sun over the warm months.  It will need to be aerated and reseeded to repair the damage and fall’s the right time to do it.

For every 1,000 square feet of lawn, plan for 3 pounds of seed.  Choose a certified grass seed, which will contain almost solely grass seed, without any unwanted fillers.

Turning the Mulch

Turning and fluffing up your mulch gives it a fresher look and reduces the amount you’ll need to apply to replenish your beds.

When adding mulch, remember to keep it no deeper than 3 inches.  More than that and you’re inviting unwanted guests like mold and bugs.

Inspiration – Make Your Own Mulch

Before you rake up those fall leaves, think about using them to make new, organically-rich mulch.  Run the lawn mower over them few times when they’re dry and voila!  Mulch.  Your plants will be overjoyed.

Thinking Ahead

Fall is a great time to start planning and planting next year’s garden.  Have a look at your beds and see where you could use a little more life.  Divide plants which have taken over and re-distribute them.

You can even remove summer annuals and replace them with fall favorites like pansies and mums to keep the season going just a little longer.

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