Fall is a beloved season of many, that brings with it milder temperatures and changing leaves. It’s also a great time to get out in the yard to tackle some of the work you might have been putting off during the hotter months of summer. Taking care of needed yard maintenance in the fall will ensure your outdoor spaces are ready for the upcoming winter as well.
Keep in mind, however, that members of Ash Street Housing Cooperative don't have the added worry of edging, mowing or trimming their yard. Yard maintenance of this kind is handled by maintenance staff and is included in the low, monthly fee to live here!
Here are a few items worth adding to your fall to-do list:
Everyone knows pulling weeds as soon as they sprout up and before they turn to seed is the best way to keep your garden looking nice. However, not all of us have the luxury of finding time to do it faithfully! Take this time to snatch up those pesky weeds before the frost makes them mushy and awful looking!
Tend to the Plants
Take inventory of your perennials and evergreens. Prune any unruly plants and trim up your evergreen shrubs. Many overgrown perennials benefit from being split in the fall. A good rule of thumb is to divide the ones that are dormant during this time. Give the extra plant you gain to a neighbor or fill in a bare spot in the yard. Some people also sell divided perennials on places like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.
Plant spring bulbs
Spring flowers bring smiles. And bulbs that produce those spring flowers need to be planted in the fall. Your future self will thank you for the burst of color in the spring where you plant tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinths, or a mixture of all. Try to find areas in your yard that could benefit from some spring color such as along your sidewalk, near the edge of your home, or planted in masses in your flower beds.
Store yard equipment in the basement
All yard equipment is required to be stored in the basement to help keep back patios clear. Fall is a great time to clear the clutter from your yard and put away the yard equipment that will no longer need to be used until spring. Not only will your yard look neater, but your equipment will benefit from being kept indoors and should last you a lot longer.
Dispose of fallen leaves
Perhaps the biggest pain of fall is the amount of leaves that need to be dealt with in your yard. Failure to remove whole leaves can cause damage to your lawn and plant beds. Try to stay on top of the leaves each week by raking them into piles and disposing of them in lawn bags.
Take Stock of Winter Needs
Need a new shovel? Have a bin to store winter sidewalk salt? Do you have a special outdoor rug you put in front of your door in the winter? How about a bin with winter supplies and tools? Take stock of what you have and what you need for the winter, then stock up and set out.
By taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather, you can get your co-op yard in tiptop shape in no time. Cozy up in the evenings out front or enjoy your morning coffee on the back porch. Cleaning up your yard now will lead to many opportunities to sit back and enjoy the beauty of your space for months to come.
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