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Fall Clean -Up
August 15, 2007, 9:11 pm
Filed under: Cleanup & Compost, Garden, Lawn

This is the time of year when we begin thinking about putting our gardens and lawns to bed for the winter. It is especially important here in our harsh northern climate.

Here are a few tips to help ensure a healthy yard come spring time.

1). Clean up those leaves! Before the snow starts to pile up be sure to rake up any leaves. Raking or using a mulching mower helps prevent dead patches come spring. Leaving some leaves behind especially in the garden is a good thing as it works as an insulator and also provides some useful nitrients as they decompose.

2). Aerate your lawn. Summer foot traffic can cause soil to become compacted. Aerating your lawn with small holes helps reduce compaction and lets water, air and fertilizer get down to the soil, which strengthens the grass roots for the upcoming spring. For smaller yards, a manual aerating tool like our Aerator Sandals removes plugs from the turf while you walk around. If you have got a larger yard, consider renting a power aerator.

With winter on it’s way, and a little work in the fall, you can guarantee a happier, healthier yard that’s ready to thrive next season.

Happy Fall,
Mr. Picket fence

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