Fall Cleanup and Getting Your Yard Ready for Winter

There are many ways one can prepare their yard for the winter. We have compiled the five most basic steps everyone should take to get your yard ready. The steps are as follows:

  • Raking
  • Mowing
  • Weeding
  • Pruning
  • Shrub and bulb planting

Yard Care

Getting your yard fall and winter ready can be as simple as mowing the lawn and raking the leaves. When mowing, you should cut the grass shorter than usual, about two to three inches, to prevent rot from the snow. Clearing your yard of the leaves that have fallen will help prevent winter rotting as well. Make sure you rake away as many leaves as possible before the first snow. Your lawn should be pretty easy to keep up after of before it snows, but the flower beds might be a slightly harder task to tackle.

Flower Bed Care

The first thing you will want to do in your flower beds is to pull out all of the weeds and annuals out. The only plants that should be left in the beds should be perennials and shrubs. once all of the weeds and annuals are out, trim down the perennials to about four inches from the ground. Make sure to only prune them after the first frost. after the weeding and pruning is finished, plant all of your spring flowering bulbs. planting bulbs now will give them a chance to establish themselves before the winter sets in. for the same reason, it is also a good time to plant any new shrubs as well. To protect your cleaned up flower bed from the harsh cold of the winter, cover them in a layer of compost of mulch.

These tips and tricks will help you be able to get your yard ready for the winter. Put the work in now, so you will be able to enjoy a beautiful and breath-taking yard the following spring as a result.


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