7 Quick and Easy Fall Yard Projects

7 Quick and Easy Fall Yard Projects
  • Opening Intro -

    Beautiful fall weather is here, offering a welcome contrast to the hottest days of summer.

    The next few months promise to serve up enough days that are not too warm and not too cold ...,

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… presenting perfect opportunities for you to get outside, tackle a few yard projects and still have enough time left in the day to catch a football game, head to the farmer’s market or take in a yard sale.

Raking leaves may require a lot of your time, but there are other more manageable outdoor projects you can handle that can be tackled on a Saturday morning.

1. Plant spring bulbs

— If you want beautiful flowers to show up next spring, then you will need to plant those bulbs before the ground freezes. Tulips and daffodils will come to life next spring, but need time to develop strong roots before the ground hardens.

2. Freshen garden beds

— Rake out your garden beds and remove old compost and replace with fresh compost or manure. You’ll be readying your gardens for winter and ensuring that you have one less job to tackle next spring.

3. Think compost

— Speaking of compost, fall will give you plenty of new material to add to your heap. Falling leaves and grass clippings may soon overwhelm your compost pile. Consider building a compost corral to handle a larger material supply.

4. Seed your lawn

— Early fall is the ideal time to seed your lawn. Concentrate on bare patches, but drop enough seed throughout your yard to ensure that fresh grass takes hold. Keep watering your lawn until the ground freezes and don’t forget your shrubbery.

5. Remember the birds

— Hungry birds may fly south for the winter, but some will stay around despite the cold weather and lack of food. You can do your part by cleaning out your bird feeders and adding new food from late fall until early spring. Suet, cracked corn, sunflower seeds and safflower seeds can attract wildlife. Clean out the bird bath too.

6. Bring houseplants inside

— You may have placed your houseplants outside for the summer, but shorter days and cooler nights means it is about time to bring them back inside. Definitely bring your plants inside once daytime temperatures stay below 55 degrees Fahrenheit advises the Purdue University Consumer Horticulture.

7. Clean and store your tools

— When you are done with the yard for the season, you will want to store your garden tools in the proper place. Remove rust with steel wool, sharpen your tools, tighten loose screws and lubricate hinges as needed advises the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

Winter Break

Each project featured here can be handled in 30 minutes or less. Do them together or spread out your work over several Saturdays. Soon, your lawn will go dormant and you’ll have earned some well-deserved rest for yourself.

 
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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".