Tips on Getting Your Yard Ready for Back to School


Haircuts, notebooks, new clothes, and early mornings—those are some of the many things that typically come along with the start of a new school year. Amidst the shuffle of back-to-school season, one important factor that’s not to be overlooked is lawn care. Just like your family, your yard deserves some attention before your fall routine falls into full swing. Not only will giving your yard a fall facelift provide you with a clean slate for the new school year, but it’ll also simplify the maintenance you’ll face when spring is in bloom. It’s easier to work with your yard in the late summer and fall because the soil is still dry and warm. The soil’s light texture makes it easier to rejuvenate the earth than it will be when your ground is wet and heavy from a hard winter. The ideal time to start this prep work is about six weeks before the first freeze, which will vary by region, but typically lands around the beginning of the school year. Whether you live in a cold climate with lots of snow or never see a flake, cleaning up your yard as the seasons change will lead to a lush landscape come spring. One of the first things to do is check your trees for hanging limbs that may have been displaced by summer thunderstorms. These limbs should be removed as they can be dangerous during after school playdates. The same goes for branches protruding from plants or creeping close to windows and entryways. These out-of-place limbs and branches should be removed for safety and appearance, but also because they can trap moisture and invite termites into your home. When the larger plants are cleaned up, check for debris in your flowerbeds. After a long hot summer, annuals will likely die, and could act as a breeding ground for harmful insects that may spread disease in the spring. And while perennials should last from season to season, their stems need to be cut within an inch or two of the ground for prosperous growth in the coming year. To protect the remaining plant, you can mulch your flowerbeds to act as a barrier. Mulch will also protect flower bulbs, which are another great way to plan for a fresh and...

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