Autumn has arrived in the Pacific Northwest! Our brokers love everything about the fall season. The exciting fall festivals, the crisp and cool breeze, and the ways the changing leaves fill our streets with color makes us wish the season would last all year. When it comes to caring for your outdoor spaces, fall is a wonderful time to complete necessary upkeep. Here are seven ways you can improve your landscape this fall.
- Embrace the Season
The one downside to the fall season is that it seems to fly by which is why you shouldn't wait to embrace the season. Every September, you should begin putting up your fall decorations. Head over to the pumpkin patch for a few gourds, grab a hay bale or two, and consider setting out another seasonal lawn décor. Not only will you be able to enjoy it longer, but waiting until mid-October may offer slim pickings for pumpkins and another natural seasonal décor.
- Be Careful not to Fall into Bad Habits
As much as you may love allowing gorgeous fall leaves to grace our lawns, you must remember that it's important to not let fallen leaves overrun your lawn. Fallen leaves can grow mildew which can then kill your grass. Rake your yard at least once a week so you can preserve the grass underneath for the following spring.
- Loosen Soil and Spread New Seed
Raking leaves isn't the only way to prepare for a lush, healthy spring. Many homeowners make the mistake of neglecting their lawn in the fall when they should actually be giving it more attention than in the summer. Your grass should be watered until the end of October and adding fertilizer in the late-fall will help keep it healthy. Spread some new grass seed to protect against weeds and consider aerating your lawn once every few years to keep it resilient.
- Prepare for Other Seasons
Although fall may seem like the end of your lawn maintenance duties for the year, it's actually a great time to start preparing for year-round success. The autumn season is the perfect opportunity to begin planning your long-term landscaping. Consider planting plants that will root over the winter, including bushes and trees. You can also plant perennials to make your spring seasons extra colorful. Don't forget that part of the fall season can clog up your gutters and prevent water from draining properly, too. Unclog your gutters in the late-autumn so that water will drain to your lawn properly over the next few months.
- Don't Forget to Focus on Hardscaping
With so many things on your to-do list, landscaping duties can be hard to juggle. Unfortunately, many homeowners forget to add hardscape maintenance to their lists as well. Your driveways, walkways, and other hardscape areas need attention too. As you create your to-do list, make sure you're addressing these areas so that they continue to look attractive, retain their integrity, and remain safe for you and your guests to use.
- Make Sure You're Not Neglecting Your Lawn Equipment or Home's Exterior
Your lawn equipment and your home's exterior directly impact your landscaping. As you complete your lawn care duties for the year, fall is the best time to clean and care for your equipment like the mower, trimmers, and hand tools. Remember that soil, debris, and moisture that sits dormant on your lawn tools can damage them as they sit unused during the winter. When your lawn maintenance is complete, take a step back and notice elements of your exterior that deserve attention.
- Consider Tackling a Few Exterior Projects
If you've considered enhancing your outdoor spaces, fall is the perfect time to tackle these projects. Installing a swimming pool, summer kitchen, fire pit, or outdoor entertaining area in the fall delivers a huge benefit. While you may not want to add more projects to your to-do list, imagine how relaxing it will be to enjoy these new features the moment spring arrives. Consider investing in your home during these transitional months so you can enjoy your new amenities throughout the year.
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