Autumn Garden ProjectsFall lawn clean-up starts with the seamless gutters, which needs setting up a ladder to reach them. You can have seamless gutter guards set up to keep leaves out. Second, there are leaf blower extensions that can reach up into the gutter and blow leaves out.
Take a tube and pour some water into your gutters and enjoy where it goes once they are clean. Do you require extensions to direct the water far from your structure and prevent leaks? When diverting water, make sure to avoid driveway and pathways, which could ice over and end up being threats in the winter season.
A Lawn Winter
Leaf cleanup is a perpetual however essential fight. Leaves left scattered for the winter will smother the lawn. Don't stress, however, about getting every last leaf out of the plant beds. As they breakdown, leaves can help insulate plants and provide them with important nutrients.
As for what do to with all the leaves you've raked, remember to recycle them in your own garden compost pile or at a town recycling. If you are utilizing the leaves on your own garden compost stack, either grind them up or run them over with a yard mower to speed decay. To move big piles of leaves, I recommend stacking them onto a tarpaulin and dragging them to their destination?be it compost heap or garbage bag.
As soon as the leaves are gathered, cut your yard one last time before the winter, cutting it as short as possible to prevent matting, illness and rodent damage. When you are done mowing, run the yard mower itself up until it runs out of gas. Gas left to sit in the tank over the winter will gum up the carburetor so it will not run as well next spring.
Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning For Cleveland OH - Get A Free Quote Online Today Early in November, I prefer to fertilize the yard with a high phosphorus mixture to promote root development over the winter season, so the lawn will green up faster come spring. Fall is also a good time to fertilize trees and shrubs. (See our post on Fall Fertilizing.) I don't recommend pruning decorative trees and shrubs, as they can contract dieback and suffer from winter desiccation-- although I will admit to pruning my holly trees right before Christmas.
In the garden, eliminate remaining greenery and put it in the compost pile. Rake lime and fertilizer into the soil bed and sow a cover crop of winter season rye.
Now's the time to get your snowblower up and running. If you're a snow shoveler, double check that your shovels are where you left them and in working order.
If you have a watering system, be sure that it is cleared of water so it will not freeze up and damage pipes. If you do not, drain your tubes by laying them on a downward slope and pulling them gradually toward you, coiling as you go. Head to the basement to shut off the water to your outside spigots.
For the Birds
Among the fall activities I delight in most is setting up my bird feeders. After all my fall yard chores are done, there is absolutely nothing much better than sitting back with a hot cup of coffee and seeing the birds zip.