For many, fall is the most wonderful time of the year. The leaves are changing and it’s time to pull out the sweaters and boots, cozy up with a blanket, and watch some football. It can be easy to stay inside and forget about your backyard when it gets colder. Here are three of our top tips for maintaining your backyard this season.
Don’t Neglect Your Lawn
Just because snow is about to hit doesn’t mean you can ignore your lawn care duties. Rake the leaves, continue mowing to the ideal 2.5-3″ height until the first hard frost, ensure the lawn gets at least one inch of water per week, spread fertilizer to protect the roots through the cold months, and plant seed to see new growth in spring.
Prepare Outdoor Furniture
Fall is a beautiful time to sit outside and enjoy a bonfire on cooler nights or to watch the sunset over dinner. It would be a shame to put away your outdoor furniture too early. Keep an eye on the weather forecasts to predict when it will rain, frost, or snow, and prepare accordingly. When in doubt, bring cushions and pillows inside so they stay dry.
Close Down the Pool
During fall, you can use fewer chemicals since the temperature is lower and the pool isn’t used as often. Just as you rake the leaves in the yard, don’t forget to skim the leaves from the pool! Doing this daily will avoid clogging filters, staining the liner, and hurting the water chemistry. The less the pool is used the less frequently it needs to be pumped and filtered. Drop the pump time to 4-8 hours.