Fall yard tips to start prepping your landscape for spring

Fall is the time of year to start prepping your landscape for spring.

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute offers the following fall yard tips.

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  • Remove leaves: Mulching your leaves rather than raking and bagging is good for your lawn and the environment. As shredded leaves decompose, they feed your lawn.
  • Aerate the lawn: Aerating prevents soil from becoming compacted and covered with thatch, a thick layer of roots, stems and debris that blocks water, oxygen and nutrients from reaching the soil.
  • Mow at the right height: Keep cutting your grass until the first hard frost. Find the right length for your species, typically between 2 and 3 inches, to keep your grass healthy when it turns cold.
  • Water wisely: If you’re not getting at least an inch of water a week, keep watering through the fall. Install watering solutions, such as smart controllers or irrigation systems, to help conserve water.

For more information, visit www.savelivinglandscapes.com

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