15 Fall Projects that Take Only 15 Minutes
Fall is always a busy time. So busy that it's tempting to forget about the yard until
spring. Problem is, if you wait until spring, your yard just doesn't have the get-up-and-grow
you expect. If you have 15 minutes here and there throughout the fall, here are 15 easy things
you can do that will make a big difference come spring.
1. September: Feed Your Lawn
The difference between a "so-so" lawn and a truly beautiful lawn both now and next
spring is two fall feedings. Feeding in early September helps your lawn begin rebuilding grass roots that were damaged during the hot, dry summer. Since this is also a great time to kill lawn weeds, do two jobs at once by using a good weed and feed, such as
Scotts® Winter Guard® with Plus 2® Weed Control.
2. Spruce Up Your Lawn by Reseeding
When kids play on a lawn that's still hurting from summer heat and drought, it can get
damaged. Spruce it up by reseeding with
quality Scotts® grass seed and a fertilizer, such as
Scotts® Starter® Fertilizer, the day you seed. After that, just keep the seed and young
grass watered, and hold off on any weed controls until the new grass has been mowed 4
3. Create Patches of Color in Your Beds with Fall Bloomers
Create patches of color in your beds with fall bloomers. Replace your tired looking summer
blooming plants with mums, asters, pansies, flowering cabbage and other fall bloomers. Look for
special displays at your local garden center. Just add
Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix to your containers for big blooms.
4. Clean up the Garden
Your perennials may be past their bloom by now. Your vegetable garden may be done. If so,
cut them back. You'll help keep bugs and disease away. While you're at it, use what you cut to
start a compost pile.
6. October: Drop Your Rake and Mulch Your Leaves
Don't let tree leaves smother your grass. Contrary to popular belief, fallen tree leaves
will not insulate your lawn during winter. In fact, they can block vital sunlight and thin your
grass. So, drop your rake and mulch your leaves to dime sized pieces with your lawn mower and
then apply your fall feeding.
7. Fall Feeding Number 2
Once you've mulched your leaves, it's time for your second fall feeding. Scotts® Turf
Builder® WinterGuard® Fall Lawn Fertilizer gives your lawn the nutrients it needs to store up energy for a healthy spring push and helps to break down those mulched leaves.
8. Plant Spring-Blooming Bulbs
Check out your garden center for a great selection of daffodil, crocus, hyacinth, tulip and
other spring flowering bulbs. Plant them in masses or tucked into other beds for a surprise of
spring color year after year, and don't forget to feed them with
Miracle-Gro® Organic Choice® Bone Meal.
10. Have Some Fun. Carve a Pumpkin
Show your artistic side with a great, big pumpkin. When you're done, plant the seeds and
grow your own pumpkin for next year.
11. November: Mow at Your Summer Height of 2 to 3 inches
Don't let mowing myths ruin your lawn. Mow at your summer height of 2 to 3 inches until your
grass stops growing into early winter. You should cut your lawn slightly lower for the last cut (Bermuda, Zoysia, Centipede can be mowed at a height of ¾ to 1 ½ inches).
12. Expand the Kinds of Birds You Attract
Attract more colorful birds to your feeder. Skip the ordinary wild bird food this year and
expand the kinds of birds you attract. Fill your feeders with one of the
specialized wild bird foods from Scotts® and hang a
suet feeder to delight your family with a wider range of birds and woodpeckers.
13. Clean Up your Tools for a Fresh Start Next Spring
They've served you well all season, but now it's time to put the tools away. You'll keep
them from rusting if you clean them up before you hang them up. Also, if you're done mowing for
the year, do your winter mower maintenance for storage.
14. Stow your Lawn Furniture
It's probably too cold now to sip lemonade on the patio, so put your cushions away and haul
the grill and furniture into storage until next year.
15. Check the Gutters
While you're hanging holiday lights, check the gutters. Thanksgiving weekend is when many
people are out on ladders hanging lights for the holiday season. If you're up on one, take the
time to clean out your gutters. You don't want clogged gutters when winter storms roll in.
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