Here in Kansas, we’re no strangers to extreme weather. Our summers reach sweltering temperatures while our winters can be brutally cold. Luckily, we’re experiencing a break from it all with our perfect fall weather.

Now is the best time to clear out your lawn and begin preparing it for the upcoming winter. Are you not sure where to start? Begin with clearing out all unnecessary debris. During the coldest months of the year, all kinds of little pests like to get nice and cozy in the piles of fallen leaves and debris in your yard.

Trim Branches

Just because we are approaching Halloween season doesn’t mean that it’s okay for your overgrown lawn to look like the yard of a haunted house. Are there any out of place branches in your lawn? Trim them or else they could become a safety hazard in the winter months if they were to freeze and fall on your property.

Clean Your Gutters

Break out your ladder and take a good look at your gutters. It may be time to clear any blockages out of your gutters. All you need is a small garden trowel to scoop debris out. Once everything is removed, make sure to rinse your gutters with a garden hose.

Divide Perennial Plants

If your perennials look spectacular, divide some of them and transplant them to other areas in your yard where they would thrive. Come springtime, you’ll be grateful you made the effort.

Till Your Vegetable Garden

If you have a vegetable garden, pull out any old plants and remove any unnecessary debris. Till your garden to break up the soil as well. If you have a compost pile, go ahead and add a layer of compost to the top layer of the soil.

Aerate Your Lawn

During the harsh cold of winter, you want to make sure that your grass absorbs as many vital nutrients as possible. Fall is the perfect time to aerate your lawn to ensure proper nutrient absorption.

Rake Your Lawn

Initially, a yard full of fallen leaves is beautiful, but a layer of dead leaves can suffocate your lawn. While you’re at it, shred those leaves to use as mulch, which helps retain the moisture in the soil and help protect your plants.

Plant Bulbs and Shrubbery

Now is the perfect time to plant fall annuals in your yard. You could also plant shrubs and spring bulbs as well. Is your lawn looking a kind of bland? You could try adding some pansies for some colorful flair.

Mow Your Lawn Shorter

Once it’s almost winter, make sure that you mow your lawn on a lower setting a couple of times. Doing this helps dry the soil out more quickly in the spring season.

Does this sound like a lot of work for you? If you would rather spend your precious free time relaxing, let the professionals at TLC Nursery & Outdoor Living do your fall clean up for you. Not only will be tidy up your yard and prepare it for winter, our lawn care professionals will also remove debris from your patios, decks, and gutters. Contact our Independence Lawn Care Company to get started.