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How to Prepare Your Outdoors for Winter


Fall is the time to start thinking about how to prepare your lawn for the winter before the first frost. The reason you do this is to ensure your grass will grow as planned come the spring time. What you do need to know is that timing is everything here, so check with your Farmer’s Almanac to see when the best time is to prepare your lawn. Fertilizing is the first step you will take, and you will give your lawn one last fertilization before the frost. Your Almanac will help you decide when to expect the first frost, and when will be the best time to do this. What else can you do to prepare your lawn for winter?

As winter approaches, be sure to shorten your lawn more and more the closer winter gets. You want to go through winter with a very short lawn. A well kept lawn will be critical after your first snow fall. Many of us waste time in the winter shoveling snow off our lawn, if your lawn begins short, then you won’t have to worry about this.

Organize any backyard equipment, tools, or toys as fall deepens. Put out door toys away, and give away what your children won’t use next year. Getting rid of broken tools or toys, or those that won’t be good next year will free up an exorbitant amount of room and make your garden shed clutter free.

Use this time to ready your winter garden tools and materials. Have your snow blower tested at the local garage to ensure it is well prepared for the winter ahead. Stock up on ice melt and snow shovels, and keep heavier gardening gloves handy for the winter. Purchasing these items now will be much more affordable than when they are in high demand.

Now is the time to start planning your spring garden. Stock up on seed and bulb catalogues and begin planning your lawn care for the warmer temps. Get your orders in early with your planning and that will be one less thing off your to do list.

Planning and preparation are key elements in any gardening season. In the spring and summer months, we don’t have time for this planning, and our gardens may suffer as a result. Use your Fall and Winter months to plan every meticulous detail and tool so that the only thing you have to worry about come Winter is the gardening task at hand.


5 Shortcuts to Make a Beautiful Work-Free Garden


Today’s home owner and garden lover is pressed for time with their daily lives. This does not mean that you need to give up your dream of a beautiful garden. If you choose the right plants and follow a few simple tips, you will ensure that you curtail the upkeep of your garden while still maintaining its beauty, and your time to enjoy it. Here are 5 ways that you can shorten the workload in your garden. (more…)