Fall is always a busy time. So busy that it's tempting to forget about the yard until spring. Problem is, if you wait till spring, your yard just doesn't have the get-up-and-grow you expect. Here are 15 easy things you can do throughout the fall that will make a big difference come spring
Don't let tree leaves smother your grass. Contrary to popular belief, fallen tree leaves won't insulate your lawn during winter. In fact, they can block vital sunlight and thin your grass. So drop your rake and mulch your leaves to dime-sized pieces with your lawn mower, and then apply your fall feeding.
Once you've mulched your leaves, it's time for your second fall feeding. Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard® Fall Lawn Fertilizer gives your lawn the nutrients it needs to store up energy for a healthy spring push. It also helps to break down those mulched leaves.
Check out the Lowe's Garden Centre for a great selection of daffodil, crocus, hyacinth, tulip and other spring-flowering bulbs. Plant them in masses or tucked into other beds for a surprise of spring colour year after year. Don't forget to feed them with Miracle-Gro® Organic Choice® Bone Meal.
Fall is a great time to plant a tree or shrub. There's less shock and the roots start growing early in spring. Better yet, they're often on sale this time of year. Feed them with Miracle-Gro® Tree & Shrub Fertilizer Spikes or Miracle-Gro® Shake 'n Feed Continuous Release All-Purpose Plant Food.
Show your artistic side with a great, big pumpkin. Plant the seeds when you're done, and grow your own pumpkin for next year.
Don't let mowing myths ruin your lawn. Mow at your summer height of 2 to 3 inches until your grass stops growing into early winter. Don't lower your height for the final cut. (Bermuda, zoysia and centipede can be mowed at a lower height of 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches.)
Skip the ordinary, wild bird food this year, and attract more colourful birds to your feeder. Fill your feeders with one of the specialized wild bird foods. Hang a suet feeder to delight your family with a wider range of birds and woodpeckers.
They've served you well all season, but now it's time to put the tools away. You can prevent rusting if you clean them up before you hang them up. Also, if you're done mowing for the year, do your winter mower maintenance for storage.
It's probably too cold now to sip lemonade on the patio. So put your cushions away, and haul the grill and furniture into storage until next year.
While you're hanging holiday lights, check the gutters. Thanksgiving weekend is a time when many people are outside on ladders hanging lights for the holiday season. If you're up on one, take the time to clean out your gutters. You don't want clogged gutters when winter storms roll in.