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  • Loren Collins

Autumn Bliss: A Guide to Preparing Your Yard for the Autumn Season

As the vibrant colors of summer begin to fade, it's time to shift our focus to the upcoming beauty of autumn. Preparing your yard for this transitional season is not only about maintenance but also about embracing the unique characteristics that autumn brings.

Here's a comprehensive guide to help you make the most of your outdoor space during this magical time of the year.

  1. Leaf Management: Embrace the beauty of falling leaves while also managing them responsibly. Regularly rake or mulch fallen leaves to prevent them from smothering your lawn and garden beds. Consider creating a compost pile with the collected leaves to enrich your soil for the following growing season.

  2. Garden Cleanup: Clear out spent annuals and trim back perennials that have finished blooming. This tidying up not only enhances the aesthetics but also prevents the spread of diseases. Plant Winter-blooming flowers such as chrysanthemums and asters to add bursts of color to your garden.

  3. Tree and Shrub Care: Prune dead or damaged branches from trees and shrubs. This not only improves the appearance but also promotes healthy growth. Consider applying a layer of mulch around the base of trees and shrubs to insulate the soil and protect roots from temperature fluctuations.

  4. Fertilisation: Give your plants a boost with a balanced fertiliser to strengthen their roots before the winter months. This is particularly important for perennials and evergreens. Avoid excessive nitrogen in the fertiliser, as this can encourage new growth that may be vulnerable to frost.

  5. Prepare Your Tools: Clean and properly store your gardening tools. This prevents rusting and ensures they are ready for use when spring arrives. Sharpen blades, lubricate moving parts, and replace any tools that are worn or damaged.

  6. Outdoor Furniture: Clean and store outdoor furniture to protect it from the harsher weather conditions. If storage space is limited, consider investing in covers to shield furniture from rain and frost. Add cozy touches to your outdoor seating areas with autumn-themed cushions and blankets.

  7. Bulb Planting: Take advantage of autumn to plant spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, and crocuses. The cool soil temperatures encourage healthy root development. Follow planting guidelines for each type of bulb to ensure a stunning display in the following spring.

By investing time and care into preparing your yard for autumn, you not only enhance its visual appeal but also set the stage for a healthy and vibrant landscape in the seasons to come.

Embrace the autumnal spirit and create a welcoming outdoor haven for yourself, your family, and the local wildlife.


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