From raking leaves to cleaning out gutters, getting your yard prepared for the cooler months can be a hassle. But, it doesn’t have to be! We have put together a list of tips that can help you prep your yard this year with much less hassle, and yes even beer is involved! Here’s what you need to know.
Mulch Grass Clippings
Mulch your grass clippings in order to save time and do your lawn a favor. Grass clippings are 80% water and will break down quickly, providing your lawn with vital nutrients that’ll keep it growing throughout the seasons.
Keep Pruning Tools Sharp
Dull or blunted pruning tools can do damage to your plants and branches, causing them to take a lot longer to heal and grow. A sharp tool provides a clean, easy cut, which allows the plant to heal quickly so it will be ready to bloom again in spring.
Leaf Blow Gutters Clean
As the leaves begin to fall from the trees, they tend to clog up drains and gutters. You can tackle this by using a leaf blower. A leaf blower is a lot more efficient than cleaning by hand.
Pack Leaves in Bulk
If you’re tired of raking leaves into endless small piles on your porch, then there is another option which makes leaf cleanup a lot easier. Invest in a large piece of tarp to place on the porch or yard and sweep all of your leaves directly onto it. Then, drag them all at once to wherever you want them to go to decompose. This is a lot quicker and easier than packing up dozens of bags and doesn’t cost much to organize.
Use a Bungee When Cutting Grass
If you are the proud owner of some longer ornamental grass features, then you know how important it is to keep them trimmed to look their best. To minimize the mess when pruning, wrap a bungee cord around the areas you’re planning on chopping. This will keep the grasses together so that you can easily dispose of the clippings.
Rent a Log Splitter
If you have old logs from fallen trees in your garden taking up space, the upside is you have plenty of firewood available to create a beautiful log fire this winter. For less than $100 you can rent a log splitter and spend an afternoon in the yard cutting your fire wood. This will save you from having to invest in purchasing one and can be a fun family activity.
Use Aerating Sandals
Aerating sandals are an innovative gardening accessory that you wear on your feet. They are equipped with spikes that dig into the ground as you walk, increasing oxygen and water access to deeper soil. All you need to do is take a stroll around the garden. It’s much cheaper than buying an aerator!
DIY Weed Killer
Killing weeds in fall ensures they take longer to reappear in spring, making your garden far more attractive and healthy. There’s no need to buy expensive weed killers either! A homemade concoction can simply include vinegar and salt. Simply mix a cup of table salt into a gallon of vinegar and transfer it into a spray bottle. Then all you have to do is apply it to the weeds (focusing on the root).
Seal Fences That Need It
Your fence could possibly benefit from a re-seal before the winter months roll in. To test it, simply throw a small glass of water against it. If the water absorbs and darkens the wood, the fence needs to be re-sealed. Failing to do this can cause the fence to rot and dismantle in wet weather.
Fertilize Your Lawn with Beer
We all know beer is delicious, but did you know it can also be used as a lawn fertilizer? Simply mix together a cold one with baby shampoo and a cup of ammonia. Add it to a hose-end sprayer, and then spray it over your lawn to help with grass growth.
Hopefully these tips can help you make prepping your yard for the fall a little bit easier. Sometimes the secret is to work a little bit smarter and not so hard. These tips can help you do just that and enjoy more of the relaxing parts of fall like sipping hot cocoa and relaxing by the fire. Best of luck and contact us if you have any questions!
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