Fall is in the air, even if our daytime temperatures are all over the place. The cool nights and shorter days mean one thing: Pumpkin Spice Lattes. It also means that it's time to start thinking about preparing your yard for winter. If you are in the process of selling your home or plan to sell your home over winter, these fall yard maintenance tips are even more important. Just because the seasons are changing doesn't mean your yard needs to look unkempt. Check out these ten tips for fall yard maintenance.
1. Water regularly. Until temperatures fall below freezing, keep watering your lawn. If yours is the only home on your block with a brown lawn, buyers may think there is something wrong. Trees, shrubs and other plants will need water all winter. Talk to your lawn service provider or to someone at a local nursery for winter watering tips.
2. Plant fall plants. Fall flowers like mums look great in pots on the porch or in planters. Choose plants that add a pop of color.
3. General clean up. Remember to clean up immediately after storms. If broken branches or piles of leaves are cluttering your front yard, it may give a negative first impression to potential buyers. Leaves also prevent much-needed sunlight from getting to the lawn.
4. Touch up mulch. Not only is mulch fairly inexpensive and easy to apply, it can make a planter look much cleaner and make your plants pop.
5. Remove dead plants. Deadhead roses and other flowering plants. If plants are too far gone, replace them.
6. Clean water features. Many people winterize and turn off outdoor water features in the winter. If yours has a heating element and you plan to run it throughout winter, make sure it's clean and everything is functioning properly.
7. Fix irrigation issues. Before you winterize your sprinkler system, have it inspected. Leaks can be expensive and the freezing temperatures could make them even worse to handle next spring. Keep the inspection to include with the listing documents when you list your home.
8. Label plants. If you are selling your home, keep the plant tags on as many plants as possible. The new owners will thank you.
9. Power wash as needed. Power washing a front porch, sidewalks, or even the driveway can clean up grungy areas. Consider renting a power washer if you don't want to hire a company to do this for you.
10. Shape trees and shrubs. Overgrown trees and shrubs can make an otherwise tidy yard look unruly. Certified arborists can help you decide how much needs to be trimmed from your trees.