The end of summer signifies a time of closure. It’s time to pack up the beach apparel, put away the shorts and tank tops, and park the camper for another season. It’s sad to say farewell to the summer, but it’s also the perfect time to tackle the landscaping tasks that need to be done before the autumn weather falls up us.
A few simple tips to keep in mind as you embark upon your seasonal chores:
– Avoid the hottest part of the day. Start your yard work in the early morning or evening and take advantage of the cooler parts, including early morning and late evening.
– Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
– Clean your tools and make sure they are sharpened to ensure everything is cut properly and safely. This includes your lawnmower.
It may seem like you’re done cutting the grass for the season, but in reality, your grass is going to need one (or two) last hurrahs before the cooler weather. Depending on the type of lawnmower you have, ensure that you clean and sharpen the blades, give it an oil change and inspect the spark plugs.
Get Off Your Grass
Did you move your temporary flower box or kiddie pool in the backyard only to find that the grass underneath was dead? Now is a great time to repair those unsightly bare patches by over seeding with a mixture of grass seed and a slow release fertilizer. Keep the area evenly watered until the seed takes root and watch your grass grow back healthy and happy.
Check out your garden centre and start scanning the catalogues for bulbs. This is the time to plan your fall bulb collection in preparation for early winter’s bulb-planting season for next spring’s eventual burst of colour!
These are just a few ideas for preparing your yard for fall. Your entire landscape benefits when you think ahead and take care of your garden.