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Getting Your Yard in Shape for Winter

cedar picture frame fenceFall is a beautiful time of year, but it can also bring rain, wind and other nasty weather. With winter fast approaching, now is the time to prepare your lawn for the onslaught of rain and storms. The following are some helpful fall landscaping tips:

Rake.
It’s a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many people put off raking until the last minute. The more often you rake, the less time it takes and the less debris you’ll have to deal with. Raking early and often also gives you a better idea of what your yard actually looks like and where it needs work before winter hits.

Aerate and prepare water run-offs. Rain and snow are some of the biggest threats to yards, gardens and wood fences. Properly aerating your yard and providing run-off for rain and melting snow will help keep your lawn looking great, your garden beds protected and the base of your wood fence free from rot.

Plant. Fall is a great time for planting bulbs, trees and shrubs. It’s also the ideal time for small shrubs and trees to establish a healthy root system and be ready to bud and bloom in the spring. Getting bulbs in the ground in the fall guarantees they will be ready to bloom in the spring.

Prune. Take some time to prune trees and shrubs before bad weather hits. Pruning in the fall ensures a healthy bud come spring, plus it can eliminate potential hazards to your hard in the form of fallen limbs.

Yes, fall can cause a number of problems for landscapers, but with proper preparation and maintenance you can minimize much of the yard damage fall and winter bring.

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