Fall Lawn Care Tips

Just because the warm weather is dwindling doesn’t mean you are done caring for your lawn for the year! While many homeowners think the fall and winter are times to spend less time out in your yard, the opposite is true. To have a luscious and healthy lawn in the spring, it is important to keep up with your lawn care as winter approaches.

Follow these lawn care tips this fall to ensure your lawn stays looking great next spring:

Fertilize

One of the best ways to keep your yard looking healthy all year long is to fertilize and the fall is a crucial time to do this. The cooler weather can actually help your lawn absorb the fertilizer more efficiently and by feeding your lawn its proper nutrients, this helps it build up strength before the frosty, harsh winter.

After mowing and watering (if needed), this is the perfect time to fertilize your yard. You’ll also want to make sure you fertilize before the first frost and watch the weather to avoid fertilizing before a rainstorm. This will cause the fertilizer to run off your lawn and won’t do it much benefit.

Rake or Mow Your Leaves

We know raking your entire yard isn’t everyone’s idea of a fun, fall afternoon but it’s important to keep your yard clear of debris! If leaves get trapped under snow or just get wet from excessive rain, the leaves become wet and soggy. This leads to suffocating your yard and the leaves become much more difficult to manage. These trapped leaves can minimize sunshine to your lawn, which is important for all over growth and health.

To make it easier on yourself, don’t wait until all the leaves have fallen to rake your yard. Rake gradually, as long as your yard is clear before the first snowfall. If raking isn’t your thing, you can also mulch your leaves with a lawnmower. This is a particularly easier option if you have a large yard or are pressed for time in clearing your yard.

Get Rid of Weeds

To keep your lawn luscious and green, now is the perfect time to manage the weeds in your yard. Getting rid of weeds now means the recurring weeds won’t take hold of your yard later in the year. Common weeds that have the best success to kill in the fall include dandelions, clover and ground ivy.

Store Lawn Furniture

At this time of year, you probably won’t be hosting too many grill outs or outdoor events. So why leave your furniture out to potentially be ruined by the frost and snow? Bring your chair cushions inside and store up your grill and furniture until next year. Doing this early will set your mind at ease and you won’t need to worry about destroying your beautiful outdoor furniture set or your grass!

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How to Winterize Your Lawn Mower

Summer is winding down and it’s about time to hang up the weed whacker, put away the lawn mower, and grab the leaf blower. If you are planning on storing your lawnmower over the winter, there are a few steps you need to take to make sure your mower starts up again in the spring. If you want to be extra thorough you can read through your owner’s manual, but if you don’t have hours to spend working on your mower, here are a few simple steps to follow that will get you to spring.

First step is to clean the mowing deck. You should get into the habit of cleaning the deck of your mower a couple of times throughout the season to ensure maximum mowing performance. Cleaning the deck takes on added importance before you store your mower for winter. You need to remove any grass clippings that may be storing moisture. If you leave moist grass clippings in the deck it can develop rust and corrode the underside of your deck. This can be as easy as spraying off the underside of your mower deck with a hose, but if there is caked on grass clippings you may need to scrape them off with a putty knife.

The next step is to stabilize the fuel. This is one that a lot of people don’t think of, but if you let gasoline sit in an engine for over 30 days it can actually start to gunk up and cause corrosion. Water can combine with the ethanol in the fuel to clog up engine parts and corrode them. If this happens you are looking at a decent repair bill come spring time to get everything cleaned out. If you can, run the engine until your fuel tank is dry, or pick up a fuel stabilizer from a hardware store, it’s not expensive and will save you a ton of headache come springtime.

While those two steps will get you through the winter, you can also do a little preventative maintenance now while you are thinking about it. This includes sharpening or changing mower blades, replacing filters and spark plugs, or changing the oil. This will ensure your mower is in tip top shape come spring.

How to Choose the Right Leaf Blower

Fall is here and the leaves are starting to fall. If you are tired of raking leaves every year, you have probably considered getting a leaf blower or shredder vac. If you have looked into leaf blowers, then you know that there are a ton of different styles and options, so how do you know which would be right for you?

  1. Corded-Electric Blowers

Corded-Electric Blowers are usually the cheapest option when it comes to leaf blowers. They are light weight and designed for onehanded use. These are pretty simple and straightforward to use, usually with just a push-button start. Electric leaf blowers give off zero exhaust. The one drawback of the Corded-Electric Blower is right in its name, you need to plug it in to use it, so unless you have outlets close to your work area, or extension cords, you may want to look into a cordless option.

  1. Cordless-Electric Blowers

Cordless-Electric Blowers are lightweight and easily maneuverable, also usually able to be operated with one hand. Battery powered blowers are gaining in popularity for people that do not want to have to deal with the maintenance and issues of a gas powered leaf blower. The one issues with Cordless-Electric Blowers is battery life. Unless you have multiple batteries charging, expect to only work for about an hour before your battery needs a recharge. This is fine if you have a small yard or work area, but if you have a large yard, or do not want to have to purchase multiple batteries to keep working, you may want to look into the gas powered blowers.

  1. Gas-Powered Blowers

The Gas-Powered Blowers are your most powerful option, and come in a variety of styles, you can choose between handheld or backpack style. This is your best bet for large work areas, or if you have to keep working for a prolonged amount of time. Gas-Powered Blowers will weigh more than their electric counterparts and will require a bit more upkeep and maintenance, comparable to maintaining a gas powered mower (mixing oil with fuel etc.) So if power and long work times are important to you, or if you like the stability of gas powered machines, then this option may be right for you.

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