Tip 1: Start preparing for fall early!
A good time frame is six weeks before anticipated hard freeze. Roots for particular plant types (grasses) need more time to germinate in temperature changes and have to develop a strong system to ensure sprouting the following season. This is an excellent time to start fertilizing grasses. Autumn rains bring moisture and fertilizer allows seeds to be stronger through harsh winters.
Tip 2: Tend to your grass.
Applying a selective herbicide towards the end of the season weeds out, well, weeds. So you are able have a fresher lawn right away in spring without having to destroy new seeds with harsh chemicals. HINT: Know the difference between selective and nonselective herbicides. Selective herbicides attacks weeds or seeds without damaging grass. Nonselective herbicides destroy anything green.
Tip 3: Tidy the yard.
Cleaning up rotting foliage, dead leaves and dried plants will allow your annuals to grow easier come spring and all the dead foliage is excellent to throw in to your compost.
Tip 4: Spread the compost
Composts need to be started earlier in the year if not the season before. Many local recycling centers and garden supply centers offer compost, but making your own is easy. Take the compost and spread it evening over all flowerbeds, gardens and around trees. This ensures the upcoming season’s moisture will sink the compost in to the roots helping it survive over winter’s harsh elements.
Tip 5: Prune the pots
Potted plants and flowers need your attention too.
Perennials— Be sure to keep flowers indoors or transfer plants somewhere harsh winter snow will take their toll.
Annuals— These flowers tend to only last for a season and there are some ways to keep they alive. It depends on the type.
Tip 6: For the birds.
Many birds do go to warmer climates over the season. Cleaning out birdhouses allows winter birds a place to stay without territorial issues. Also, know what birds are in your area over the winter and find out what feed you can offer.
Tip 7: Maintain the tools.
Using tools through out the summer means mud and witness, which could lead to rust. Hose down all your tools and wipe they dry. Store them somewhere dry. You’ll probably use the tools less and less as the winter approaches and it will make winterizing your outdoor space a whole less commitment and will ensure your tools will make in to another summer.