Cooler temperatures, drier weather, and cozy sweaters… these are just a few perks associated with fall. One of the biggest benefits of the autumn season is that outdoor chores become a bit more tolerable as the weather becomes more comfortable. Of all the things that need to be taken care of outdoors, the lawn is usually the biggest thing to tackle. Though it may seem as if all you need to do is rake a few fallen leaves and occasionally mow the lawn, here are a few other things to not only keep your yard looking nice, but to help it survive through the cooler months.

Mow the lawn on the highest setting

It may be tempting to mow the lawn as short as possible so that you can go longer periods of time between mows. However, you could actually end up drying it out. Keeping your grass a bit longer allows it to maintain its moisture. Because of the lower rainfall during this time of year, you may still get some brown spots. This is inevitable. But the majority of your lawn will look nice and you may not have as much work to do once spring comes back around.

Keep up with your gardening

If you have a garden in your home, there are some things that you can do to get it ready for the rest of fall and winter. Think about using some kind of sign to label your flowers so you know what was where after they’ve died and spring comes back around. Also, cut any dead or dying flowers. This will encourage the plant to bloom later on. If you are really into gardening or want to start in the spring,  start ordering bulbs now. Many bulbs will keep well during the cooler months or, if you live in a warmer climate, you can keep them in your refrigerator until it’s time to plant them.

General maintenance

Be sure to continue watering your lawn. The best times to water are usually early in the morning or at dusk. This guarantees that your lawn will actually soak up the water instead of it evaporating in the heat of the afternoon. If you have a garden, consider using mulch in some areas to keep your plants and the ground cool as you head into the fall months. If your home has a birdbath or a hummingbird feeder, make sure to take the necessary steps to prevent or eliminate stagnant water. It can lead to mold or encourage mosquitoes to use your water feature as a home for their larvae.

These are just some tips to help you keep the outside of your home looking fabulous year-round. And while this is something you can manage on your own, let us help you keep your property protected with a good homeowner’s insurance policy!

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