Menards Home Improvement Topic: "Fall Yard Clean Up Tips"

Posted at 2:48 PM, Aug 03, 2018
and last updated 2020-07-02 20:29:11-04

Keep your yard, home, deck and tools looking and working great for years to come. Protect them from the harsh reality of winter by following these helpful tips.


  • Rake up any fallen leaves, as these can inhibit grass growth once spring comes.
  • Pests often settle in fallen leaves or weeds, so pay special attention to flower beds and vegetable gardens.

Mow and feed your lawn

  • Using fertilizer with a high phosphorous content in the fall gives your lawn nutrients it needs to flourish in spring.

Protect your cold-sensitive plants

  • Add 3-4 inches of mulch to the bases of trees, shrubs and plants to prevent damage from freezing. Keep the mulch an inch from the base of the trunk.
  • Cover plants/shrubs with burlap to prevent winter burn. Burlap allows the plant/shrub to breathe helping air to circulate not get trapped.

Protect your deck

  • Power washing with a pressure washer can prevent mold and mildew growth.
  • A weather-proofing stain prevents moisture damage over winter.

Hoses, fountains and irrigation systems

  • Drain or blow out all water from hoses, fountains, and irrigation systems with an air compressor, and store them in a dry place, as water left standing over the winter may damage your equipment.

Trim and prune trees and shrubs

  • Trimming any large or out of place branches can prevent breakage from snow buildup.

Clean and repair gutters

  • Clogged or broken gutters can cause damage to your home or flooding when snow melts.


  • Adding a light coat of oil can also prevent rust buildup over the winter.


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