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Eco-Friendly Fall Yard Tips

Oct 27, 2015
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Diane Hoffmaster

Eco-Friendly Fall Yard Tips 

Looking out the window during October usually shows a lawn that is covered in leaves. Our yards take quite a beating over the summer and by fall it needs a bit of tender loving care before it settles down for winter. If your lawn and surrounding landscape are looking a bit scruffy this month, here are a few eco-friendly fall yard tips that might help it out.

•    Bring in the last of the garden harvest. If you planted a garden this summer, pull in the last of the harvest before the first frost comes. Then, pull out the plants and smooth out the soil in preparation for next spring.

•    Put your lawn to bed. You will want to do one final lawn mowing before winter arrives. Cut your grass a little bit shorter than usual and sprinkle grass seeds in the barest of spots. Add a bit of natural fertilizer and you are all set for winter. Once the snow thaws, the seeds will germinate and help create a nice, lush, green lawn in the spring.

•    Deal with leaves the greenest way possible. Leaves are a fact of life during the fall. Raking fallen leaves under trees or into the landscaping will ensure a rich source of nutrients and keep tree roots warmer. If you must use a gas mower, mulch the leaves rather than bagging them and sending them to the dump.

•    Clean gutters and sweep the driveway. Leaves cause gutters to be clogged frequently in the fall. Make sure you get up on the roof to clean them out so that the rain does not pool around your home and cause structural issues. Hiring someone to clean the gutters may be the easiest and safest solution. Keeping driveways free of leaves prevents them from washing into storm drains and blocking proper street drainage.  

•    Do an outside home inspection. While you are out taking care of your lawn, check the exterior of your home for things that need repair. You won't want to be outside in the winter caulking windows or repairing rotten siding. Make sure you home is in tip top shape before winter arrives.  

Do you have any other eco-friendly fall yard tips to share?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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