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Fall Yard Maintenance - Yard Landscaping

Yard landscaping for next year doesn't begin next spring, rather, it begins this fall. Proper fall yard maintenance lowers the risk of plant diseases next spring. Raking the lawn ensures your grass won't smother under a burden of fallen leaves. Of course, fall yard maintenance means winterizing: putting your plants to bed properly, sheltering them where possible from the rigors of winter.

Checklist for Fall Landscaping
What needs doing in the fall yard before you can call it a year and start relaxing? Well, it would almost be easier to ask what does not need doing. You have your work cut out for you, especially if you have a big lawn. There's more to fall landscaping than decorating for Halloween. Consult this checklist to make sure your yard is in proper shape before Old Man Winter comes a-calling.

Fall Yard Maintenance
Beginners have some vague notion of having to "put the lawn and garden to bed" for the winter, but they are foggy on the specifics. This resource answers some commonly posed queries about fall yard maintenance. For example, how deep into fall do you have to continue mowing? What about watering your grass in fall?

How to Use Leaf Blower/Vacs
OK, Mr. or Ms. Hot Stuff, so you own a brand-new leaf blower. But do you really know how to use it to full advantage? For one thing, as I argue in this article, you should not be thinking of your new gadget as the end-all-be-all. Instead, treat it as a single element in your leaf-removal arsenal.

Fall Cleanup: Sorting Leaves Into Compost and Mulch Bins
Have you decided to stop bagging up the leaves you rake in autumn, placing the bags on the curbside, and letting your town haul them away? Good choice, because far from being undesirable, raked leaves give you the opportunity to play horticultural alchemist, turning trash into treasure in the form of compost or mulch. But first learn how to get organized in your efforts.

Fall Lawn Care Tips: Mowing, Other Fall Lawn Maintenance
If you expect to be able just to kick back and admire the fall foliage, be aware that your lawn has other plans for you! That's one reason why I dissuade people from having large lawns. But if you will not go along with my advice on that point, learn how to care for your fall lawn properly! Here's a good place to begin.

Winterizing Your Shrubs After Autumn Leaves Fall
You wait all winter for the spring blooms on your flowering shrubs, right? So why not protect them from the rigors of winter, thereby maximizing your chances of beholding those long-anticipated blossoms? In this tutorial I show you one method for building a shrub shelter. Oh, by the way, this method requires no money.

When Your Lawn is Beyond Maintenance: Sodding Lawns
You've come to the conclusion that your old lawn has had it. You want to start anew. Early fall is an excellent time for starting new lawns. Now it's just a question of which method you prefer: sodding or seeding. I introduce you to sodding first; for seeding, see next entry.

Overseeding Lawns With Cool-Season Grasses
When cool-season grasses take a beating from the summer's heat, overseeding lawns is the answer to rejuvenate them. Overseeding lawns is best done in September for cool-season grasses.

Another Method for Installing a New Lawn: Seeding
In the immediately preceding entry, we looked at sodding as an option for installing new lawns. Seeding gives you another way to go. Which is a better choice for you? Assess your budget, skills, time and energy. You pay less money if you go the seeding route, but it requires more skill and takes up valuable time and energy.

Overseeding Lawns With Warm-Season Grasses
Not all "overseeding" is created equal. An overseeding project for a lawn grown with a warm-season grass is markedly different from the namesake project for a lawn composed of a cool-season grass. With the latter, it's all about refurbishing your lawn; whereas, with the former, it's all about achieving a temporary look.

Fall Yard Maintenance - Winterizing Lawns and Gardens
Read my tips on fall lawn care, equipment maintenance and winterizing gardens. Lawns in fall require special care, including herbicide and lime applications (depending on your lawn's health), thatch removal, and raking leaves or using power lawn equipment for their removal (e.g., leaf vacuums). Gardens should be put to bed properly in fall, too.

Reason Behind Raking Leaves
The autumn leaves are colorful, but they also cause homeowners work -- when they fall. And if you have a little of the lazybones in you (like me), you may find it difficult to get motivated to rake. So it might help to hear a reason for raking leaves off your grass besides the usual "leaves will smother the lawn" argument.

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