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Colder weather has started rolling into West Michigan and you know what that means… fall is here! That also means that it’s a good time to think about how you can clean up your yard before even colder weather comes along so it will be in tip-top shape. We have a few tips that will help prepare your fall lawn and garden for next spring.

Give your grass a haircut…
This might sound silly since your yard will most likely be covered in snow pretty soon, but trimming your yard down as short as possible prevents it from being damaged during the winter. Long grass can prevent your lawn from drying out in the spring, which means it will be even longer before you have a beautiful lawn again.

… and feed it too!
One last feeding of your lawn before winter is another step that can make your lawn lusher next spring. Try something with a high phosphorous content (or ask our hardware specialists what would be best next time you stop in our store!)

Mulch your leaves.
Instead of asking your neighbor’s kids to rake your lawn, ask them to mow your leaves instead! Your lawnmower can make mulching leaves a breeze. Spread them out in a thin layer, take the bag off your lawn mower, and mow over them. Bag any excess leaves that you mulch and use them to fertilize trees.

Drain your hose.
This step is one often missed, but it can ruin your hose during the winter if left undone. Take your hose off of the spigot and drain any excess water out of it. Coil the hose up and put it in a safe place over the winter, preferably in a garage or storage shed.

Dead head your plants.
If you have any perennials in your yard that will appear next year, now is the time to cut or pull off the dead leaves, stalks, and blooms to encourage new growth next year. Instead of trimming them in the spring, trimming them in the fall guarantees you won’t trim off any buds that have already popped up.

Plant your bulbs for next spring.
Nothing says spring like crocuses, but did you know that crocus bulbs should be planted in the fall? The same goes for tulips, irises, and daffodils. Once evening temperatures drop to an average of 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, your spring bulbs are good to plant!

Not sure what tools will be best to accomplish these jobs? Stop into our hardware store and talk to our home specialists! They know a thing or two about lawn and garden maintenance and will be able to steer you in the right direction.