Fall Yard Work Short Cuts And Tips

Save time and money with these 5 smart yard work shortcuts


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There’s no doubt yard work can take a toll on your body, but it still needs to get done. The key is to work smart rather than hard. Try these tips to an easier fall clean up.

1. Put down the rake

Once the leaves begin to fall, we begin having those dreadful thoughts about raking leaves. This year instead of breaking your back on a task that never seems to end, simply mow over the leaves in your lawn. By doing this, the leaves are ripped up into small little pieces and will actually benefit your lawn by fertilizing it as they decompose, leaving you with a wonderful, healthy lawn next spring.

2. Have a special home for tools

Storing your tool properly and in a specific area will ensure that they last longer. Storing spades and hoes in a bucket full of sand will keep moisture away from them and prevent any oxidation that may occur, which causes rust. The longer your tools last, the less money you spend each year.

3. Weed the yard after a rainfall

Autumn may be your last chance to weed your yard and flowerbeds before it gets too cold. When the soil is dry it will be difficult to pull up the entire weed, instead you often end up pulling off the top of the weed. After it rains and the soil becomes damp, you will be able to pull up the entire weed from the ground including its roots. Doing this right before it gets cold means less weeds and weeding to do in the spring and summer!

4. Shop for plants in eco-wrap not plastic

Purchasing and planting flowers and plants that are wrapped in eco-wrap, rather than potted in plastic pots, not only saves time but also cuts down on waste. Eco-wrap is similar to egg-carton cardboard and decomposes into the soil. Plants wrapped in eco-wrap can be planted directly into the ground with the eco-wrap on. This cuts down your planting time by not having to remove your purchased plants from plastic pots before putting them into the ground.

5. Keep the water flowing

Once the leaves start falling and the air becomes brisk, many people don’t have watering plants  on their mind. But watering your plants through late November helps them recover from summer heat and leaves them hydrated before winter. Determine if your plants are in need of hydration by poking a pencil into the surrounding soil; if it comes out clean then that means it’s time to water.

Hopefully these tips and shortcuts help you this fall and make your life easier next spring season. All information and facts were taken from Woman’s Day, you can find more related articles and similar information on their website!

Photo Credit: Don LaVange

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