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Getting your yard ready for winter

Fall is quickly flashing by, and winter will be with us soon.

Weed Fabric ProjectI’m caught up in a complicated yard project – ripping up old, rotten weed fabric and replacing it with new on my side yard next to my raised bed garden.

However, I made a mistake and raked the rocks off the old fabric into the dirt and weeds. I thought it would be easy to get a screen and separate the mess. Not so.

Not only am I behind in fall yard work, I haven’t even finished raking up the rhododendron prunings I created in the spring. And, worst of all, weeds in the rest of my yard are growing and getting big.

I also need to wash my metal roof. I’m waiting for the rain in the next few days to get some of the dirt off.

What do you need to do to get your yard ready for winter? Here are some suggestions:

  • Aerate and feed your lawn.
  • Store garden chemicals. Read the label for information on correct storage or find a guide on the Internet.
  • Drain hoses well.
  • Winterize lawn mowers and other power equipment.
  • Clean and lightly oil hand shovels, clippers, trimmers, and other hand tools.
  • Move woody plants.
  • Plant trees or shrubs.
  • Rake leaves each week.
  • Clean up dying foliage from perennial plants and your garden.
  • Pull up any annuals and add to compost.
  • Pull up weeds and edge flowerbeds. Discard weeds that have seeds in the garbage.
  • Plant spring bulbs.
  • Apply winter mulch after the ground freezes.

Best wishes with your fall yard work. I hope you’re not as far behind in your yard work as I am.

Copyright 2012, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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