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StatePoint - Just because the summer garden party season is over, does not mean you should neglect your lawn. Autumn is a critical time for lawn care and to get your landscaping ready for winter and spring.
Here are some critical steps you can take in a weekend to make sure your yard is prepped for next year.
Fertilizing is a must to strengthen the lawn's root system and store nutrients needed in the winter months ahead. Pay special attention to areas that may have been worn down by foot traffic and outdoor entertaining.
You will need to replenish the nutrients that were depleted in the summer months. For an even distribution, spreaders offer a quick and convenient fertilizing solution. Spreaders are available for lawns of every size, in both push-behind designs and tow-behind tractor models.
Cutting dead or weakened tree branches will keep them from falling and damaging your, or your neighbor's, property, especially as winter weather sets it. Garden shears are fine for light pruning or trimming hedges, but heavier work such as storm cleanup often requires a chainsaw.
When using a chainsaw for yardwork, make sure the chain is sharp, as dull chainsaws make work more difficult. Simple add-ons can increase your efficiency. For example, PowerSharp, a chainsaw sharpening system from Oregon-brand outdoor products, lets chainsaw users sharpen a chain on the saw, on the job, in seconds. This helps get yardwork done faster and with relative ease, especially when pruning and trimming. To learn more, see www.powersharp.com.
Rake and Re-seed
When raking fallen leaves, opt for a lightweight plastic rake, which glides more easily on grass than metal ones. Also, an open tarp for collecting leaves works better than dragging plastic bags across the yard. You should also clear plant beds of dead foliage.