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Yard Cleanup Tips This Fall - 3 Must Dos

Posted on December 13, 2019

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Before winter gets here, make sure your yard is in the best shape possible.

During the summer, your yard cleanup might consist of mowing and watering the lawn, tending to a garden if you have one, and cleaning up after yourself. In autumn, yard maintenance has different priorities but they're no less important. In fact, yard cleanup in fall may be even more important because by the time winter comes around, you won't want to do any outdoor maintenance. Though it's rare, even in San Antonio, the idea of snow isn't impossible (just think of December of 2017!). So here are a few yard cleanup tips to make sure you accomplish before winter.

Compost and Clear The Garden

While it's pretty in spring and summer, now is a good time to clear out your flowerbed so that it keeps pests away from your home during the colder months. Do you have a vegetable garden? Vegetable gardens may last a bit longer than flowerbeds, since you typically want to wait until the final harvest in autumn. Once that's done, pull up any leftover plants and clean the plot of any debris. If you composted with food scraps or manure, lay down a layer of compost to keep the soil healthy through the winter and prepare it for the spring.

Rake the Leaves

This is the most traditional fall yard cleanup. By the very nature of fall, your yard is likely to be covered in leaves, twigs, and other debris by the end of the season. You can do this periodically throughout the fall or you can wait until late fall so as to get it all in one go. Rake leaves and shovel the pile into a large trash bag or trash can. Depending on the size of your yard and the number of trees, you might need more than one. If you have a big yard, consider making this a family activity. Make a game or a competition out of it to make this tedious task a little more fun.

Cover Outdoor Furniture

Do you have outdoor seating or furniture on your deck, patio, or even just in the greenery? This can make your outdoor living space comfortable and idyllic during the warmer months, but you probably won't get much use out of it in winter. However, you still want to protect your outdoor furniture in the meantime. It's likely hardier than your indoor furniture, but it can still be susceptible to the elements, especially after long periods of neglect. If you have a shed or storage space, consider moving your furniture inside for the winter. If not, throw a protective covering over it so as to keep it dry until you come back out in the spring.

In cleaning your yard, you may start to form ideas about how to improve your outdoor living space in coming seasons. Maybe you can add a deck or add new features and accessories to your deck to make the space more engaging. Maybe a home spa is the perfect way to get you to spend more time outside. Paradise Decks & Spas can help. Contact us today for more information or to get a free estimate on our services.

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