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Property Maintenance & Fall Cleanup Checklist



September means football! It’s also time to get your yard ready for the spring! Yes, the spring.

Fall Cleanups can be done in stages. One Cleanup in October, another in November and a final cleanup in December. This is a lot easier than trying to do it all at the end of November.


Here are a few tips to prepare your lawn and improve your property. Proper preparation now will save you time in the spring and your lawn will be healthier and greener.

Here’s Our List:

1. Clean Out Leaves.
Leaves and weeds are the perfect place for pests to settle in for the winter. Clean out the flower beds and the lawn to keep the bugs and critters at bay. Your lawn and property will look a lot better with a simple cleanup!

2. Roto-till the Lawn and Garden.
After the final harvest, pull out old vegetable plants, remove debris, and completely till the whole plot. If you compost, now is the time to add a layer of compost to help nurture your soil for planting next spring.

3. Trim Back Over-grown Branches.
Trim back any large or out-of-place tree branches. You don’t want any branches breaking and falling during the snowfall to come. Trim back tall hedges which tend to hold snow longer, and will bend under the weight of the snow.

4. Clean Out the Gutters.
This is the perfect time to Clean the Gutters. Clear leaves and other debris from rain gutters. Check for proper drainage, clear out any blockages with a small garden trowel, and flush with a hose.

5. Put Away Hoses & Tools in the Shed.
Drain all water from hoses, fountains, and drip irrigation systems, and store them in the tool shed.

6. Aerate the Soil, Roto-till Compacted Areas.
Break up soil to keep water from pooling and guarantee that nutrients will reach the roots over the winter. A garden fork will do the job for small yards, but larger yards may require a walk-behind aerator. Compacted lawns made need a heavier tiller.

7. Feed the Lawn.
Add a fall lawn fertilizer with high phosphorous content to encourage root growth, and enjoy a lush, green lawn come spring.

8. Rake and Mulch.
Rake the leaves. Leaves allowed to accumulate will hold water and kill the grass over the winter. Rake and mulch the leaves if you have leaf pit and use as soil additive in the spring.

9. Prune Trees and Shrubs.
Trim any dead branches and cut back overgrown trees and bushes. If you have blooming perennials like clematis or roses, now is the time to prune them and train the branches.

10. One Final Mow.
Mow the lawn one final time before the lawn goes dormant. This helps the soil dry out more quickly in the spring, which leads to a healthier lawn.

11. Protect the Deck.
Prevent the growth of mold and mildew by pressure washing the deck. After it’s dry, it’s a good time to stain with a waterproofing stain or paint to protect the wood from moisture damage over the winter.