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

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.

Debris

  • 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.

Tools

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

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