A healthy lawn next year means a healthy lawn now. And just like you or I love some TLC ever so often, so does your plants. So, take a minute to tend to your garden and lawn before the cold gets to them. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Feed Your Lawn
Apply winterizer fertilizer to your lawn so that it is ready to go for the winter.
Let Your Seed Root
If you are trying to grow new grass, you want to allow the new seed enough time to sprout and root before it gets cold.
2 For 1
Spend less time raking and more time sipping those pumpkin spice lattes. Mowing your leaves into the grass will not only save you from doing an extra chore, but will also help out your grass as well. Grinding up the leaves will help feed your grass and tree roots.
Vegetable and herb gardens should be cleaned up before the cold comes. Weeds should be pulled, tall veggies cut down and a new layer of mulch added to keep the area clean through the winter. If you want to get a head start and be ready to plant again as soon as possible, add some compost and leaves to your soil and put it under the mulch. Ryegrass, vetch or clover planted in your planters over the winter will grow and act as organic matter to help get your plants growing next spring.
Cleaning them now will save time later. Even though it is not as much fun to clean up and pack things away, cleaning your tools now will save you the frustration of not being prepared in the spring when it is time to plant again. Not to mention that cleaning off caked on dirt is a lot harder when it has just been sitting around like that all winter long. Take the time as well to do an inventory of any tools that you need to replace or add.
CRITTERS BE GONE
You don't want bugs to get in your home, so make sure to dispose of or bring in your potted plants before bugs start getting the idea of finding a home for the winter. The sooner you clean up your plants and bring them inside, the more likely you won't have critters crawling around and hiding inside.
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