Your Fall Chore List for Winter

It’s that time of year again; fall is officially here and you better clean up your yard now before winter makes that chore a bit too daunting. Yard work isn’t for everyone, in fact, some people actually enjoy it. It doesn’t matter if you love fall chores, or hate them, they still have to be done. Here’s a checklist to make sure you get it all finished.

Compost bin

A compost bin sounds like something hard –working farmers use, but it’s actually for lazy gardeners. These are for grass clippings, branches, and weeds. Mix it up every once-in-a-while and you’re golden. Be sure to use chicken wire to enclose it, or else everything will blow around when a semi-strong wind comes along.

Rake your leaves

Raking leaves is necessary, sometimes. Depending on how many pile up, tells you if you should rake them. No one likes looking at them, but sometimes if they fall in the garden; it turns into a layer of protection for your plant roots. Rake if them they look ugly, and place them in your compost bin, or in your garden.

Gather debris

If you have the ugly trees that just lose random branches when it feels like it, gather them up and toss them in your compost bin. Pick up all those big green balls that fall from the Osage trees too.  Hopefully you don’t have too messy of a tree, but if you do, their waste can serve a good purpose in your garden.

Mow your grass

Cut your lawn for the last time as short as you can to stop diseases from spreading. Put the clippings in your compost pile. Don’t forget to edge too! Once you’ve made your final cut, be sure to winterize your mower and other power tools by draining the gasoline so it doesn’t cause internal damage.

Clip damaged branches

Trim off any tree limbs that appear to be damaged or dead. This way any whether won’t cause them to fall oi your yard. Don’t be afraid to get out your saw or chainsaw if bigger branches appear to be damaged.

Weeding

If you love weeding in spring, then don’t weed in the fall. If you hate weeding in the spring, then weed in the fall so their seeds won’t spread and sprout in the spring. Try pulling them when it’s a nice day out when the ground is a bit moist. Put these in the compost or in the trash so their seedlings won’t spread.

Mulch beds

Mulching in the fall protects the plants roots during winter, and holds in what moisture it can. When mulching, you want to lay it around 1-2 inches thick so it’s got a heavy coat.

 

Good luck this winter!

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