Fall Yard Clean-Up Checklist
Preparing for the Cool Days Ahead
Doing a proper fall yard clean-up is imperative if you want your Champaign, IL lawn and landscape to be in tip-top shape come next spring. Here is a list of items you will want to check off your to-do list before the end of the season.
1. Mulch Fallen Leaves
Save time raking, bagging and blowing leaves by mulching instead. Run your lawn mower over the leaves to chop them into smaller pieces and then leave them on the lawn to. Make sure not to let the leaves sit over the winter months, as they can suffocate your grass and cause fungal disease.
2. Protect Your Deck
Clean off any mold and mildew that has accumulated on your deck by giving it a good power wash. Once the deck is clean, apply a protectant stain to ensure it does not get damaged over winter.
3. Remove Debris
Remove any debris from your lawn including lawn furniture, toys, tools, branches, etc. Leaving debris on the lawn over the winter may result in unsightly dead spots next spring.
4. Prune Trees, Hedges and Shrubs
If you notice any stray of dead branches on your trees or hedges, make sure to trim them before the winter hits. This will ensure the branches don’t break off during the winter and will keep your trees and hedges healthy.
5. Mow the Lawn
When it comes time to give your lawn to final cut of the year, make sure to lower your mower height. Giving your lawn a short cut for the winter ensures that long grass doesn’t get matted down and ensures a quicker bounceback next spring.
6. Clean Your Gutters
During the fall your gutters can often get clogged with leaves, dirt and other debris. Try to identify any blockages and ensure your gutters are providing proper drainage.
7. Aerate Your Lawn
Be sure to aerate your lawn this fall to help your soil and root system remain healthy. It is recommended that homeowners aerate their lawn at least once a year for optimum lawn health. Aeration helps to alleviate soil compaction and allows water, oxygen and vital nutrients to penetrate your grass roots.
8. Winterize Your Irrigation System
If you have a sprinkler system or use a garden hose, make sure to drain it and allow it to dry out before winter hits. Water or moisture left within your irrigation system has the potential to cause damage and freeze over the colder months.
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