When you notice a slight chill in the air at the end-of-summer barbecue, that’s your sign it’s time to pack away the beach chairs and get serious about work, school—and prepping your yard for the fall and winter.
A transitional month when blazing heat turns to autumn cool, September is the perfect window of opportunity to catch up on outdoor fixes you put off for summer beach parties and road trips.
The change of seasons is a perfect time to get a jump on autumn landscaping tasks.
- Get your lawn ready for winter. To ensure it grows back lush next spring, hire a lawn care proto analyze the soil and prescribe a program for seeding, aerating, and fertilizing now. This is best done when daytime temperatures cool down but soil remains warm. Consider “overseeding,” which involves adding extra seeds to boost a lawn’s density and fill in bare spots. It’s best done in early fall.
- Plant fall flowers. For a pop of color that lasts through fall and winter, consider planting cold-loving pansies that are hardy enough to withstand winter months. September is also a great time to plant spring-blooming bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips—their roots need time to establish before cold weather sets in.
- Pull weeds and mulch. After pulling out excess weeds, spread 2–3 inches of bark mulch around the base of shrubs and trees to minimize moisture loss and suppress new weed growth. If you don’t have a green thumb, consider hiring a landscaper.
- Prune hedges and trees. Remove damaged or dead limbs now so they don’t break off in stormy weather or under the weight of snow, creating a safety risk to humans and homes.
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