Fall is an important season in lawn care. Here are a couple of quick reminders on keeping your property safe and healthy through fall landscaping this year.

Rake Weekly

Don’t get caught up in the nostalgia of falling leaves. They’re beautiful and so pleasant to watch, but that doesn’t mean you should be leaving them all over the ground. Heavy fallen leaf covering on the ground can hide uneven surfaces, broken sidewalks, rocks, and other obstructions that people can trip or stumble over. Make sure to keep common walkways and sidewalks clear by raking them every week. With the raked leaves, consider creating a compost pile or saving them to be used as mulch in the spring.

Keep Mowing and Watering

You need to keep mowing and watering your lawn until the ground freezes. Keep your lawn mowed at a height of 2.5 – 3 inches. If you have less than 2 inches of leaves covering your lawn, you can actually mow over them. The mower will shred the leaves into a thin layer that will provide nutrients for your grass. This is the most important time of the year for your grass; late October is actually the best month to fertilize your lawn. Make sure you pay attention to your lawn and give it good care during this season so that it’s going into the winter strong.

Keep Up Pool Maintenance

Don’t forget about your pool. You need to clean the falling leaves and bugs out of there, too. Continue maintaining the chemical balances of your pool or you’ll regret it in the spring.

Clean Yard Tools Before Winter

As fall comes to a close and the cold winter weather starts setting in, don’t leave your tools to rust in the shed. Before you put them away for winter, inspect them one last time this season to see whether each tool is still working properly (keep an eye out for cracks and leaks). If they’re all looking good, clean all of the dirt, and store it in a dry place.