October 27, 2021

Man cleaning snow near the houseThe days are growing shorter and the nights are getting colder. It’s time to prepare your lawn and garden for the winter months ahead. Here’s a fall to-do list:

Mulch in garden beds and around plants, trees and shrubs. Applying a layer of organic mulch can help moderate soil temperature in the winter and avoid damaging freeze-thaw cycles during the winter months.

Fertilize your lawn. Fall is a great time to give your lawn the fertilizer it needs. Fall fertilizing promotes deeper and stronger roots for winter, which can result in a thicker, greener lawn next spring.

Reseed any bare spots in your lawn. Rake the area, apply the seeds and cover as directed. Continue to mow and water the lawn until it stops growing or the rain/snow is here. Rake leaves that accumulate on your lawn so that they don’t get wet over the winter and damage your lawn.

Water your plants and trees. Did you know that trees can dry out in the winter? It’s true. Evergreens are most susceptible. All plants need water in the fall, especially if it’s dry.

Plant bulbs. Fall is the time to plant spring-blooming flower bulbs such as hyacinth, daffodils and tulips. It’s also time to plant garlic if you’d like to grow it in your garden.

Clean up the garden. Clean up your garden beds. Add what you can to your compost pile. Dispose of weeds and diseased or pest-ridden plants in your trash can. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of compost over your growing area. Clean and put away all of your lawn tools. Drain hoses and irrigation lines.

There’s plenty more to do to get ready for next spring, and eventually, the day will come when it’ll feel great after the winter to get out and get started. Breathe the air and smell the soil. Truly appreciate everything around you.

Now is also the perfect time to think about your lawn irrigation solutions for next spring. Whether you’re a homeowner or you run a business, your lawn offers an unforgettable first impression, so why not turn to a smart, efficient solution such as the ones we offer at Smart Rain? Get in touch with us today to find out more.

Your garden will thank you for it — sooner than you think!

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