Tips For Fall Lawn Care In Preparation For Winter

Fall is a beautiful but busy season for lawn care. I love the crisp cold air and the leaves everywhere on the ground, as they make the perfect background for beautiful photos. Unfortunately, I still have to clear them out the yard to prepare for winter.

Below you’ll find some tips to help you get ready for winter, including the tools you’ll need to make sure you easily get the job done. After all, we all want to have green and healthy grass once the cold winter ends.

Tips For Fall Lawn Care In Preparation For Winter

Tips For Fall Lawn Care In Preparation For Winter

Use a Fertilizer: Use a fall lawn fertilizer to give your soil the nutrients it needs to encourage growth in the spring and to survive the cold winter season. Fall is the perfect time for grass to recover from the summer heat and drought.

Let Your Lawn Breathe: Aerate your lawn to make sure that rainfall doesn’t pool on your grass. By making perforations on the surface of your lawn, water and nutrients can better reach the roots of the grass, resulting in a greener, lusher lawn in the spring.

Remove the Leaves: Leaves should not be left on the lawn over the winter as the grass will turn grown when spring arrives. Raking can be hard work, but thanks to a blower like the lightweight STIHL BGA 56 you can get the job done fast. In addition to being lithium-ion battery powered, it is a quiet and easy-to-use blower for clearing many small outdoor areas.

Cut Hazardous Tree Branches: Fall is the perfect time to cut back shrubs and tree branches that may fall victim to a winter storm. Trust me; you don’t want to have to deal with a tree branch smashing your car or your house windows in the winter. The STIHL MSA 120 cordless chain saw is a powerful yet light-weight tool that can make it easy to trim shrubbery or branches.

Clean your gutters: Now is the time to remove any foliage in your gutters and to check for proper drainage. Power wash your gutters now to remove any dirt, mold, grime, or dust and to ensure that things will run smoothly during the winter. The STIHL RB 600 Power Washer is ergonomically designed, convenient, reliable and easy to operate.

Tips For Fall Lawn Care In Preparation For Winter

Disclosure: This is a partnered post with STIHL. However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.

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18 responses to “Tips For Fall Lawn Care In Preparation For Winter”

  1. kathy downey — October 20, 2017 @ 8:46 am (#)

    Thanks for sharing these tips,we raked yesterday and it looks like we never touched it this morning!

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen — October 20, 2017 @ 8:44 pm (#)

    I remember raking and raking leaves, here it’s all new so there aren’t many trees and a lot are evergreens so we luckily don’t have much raking to do. These are all good tips for a healthy lawn next spring. 🙂

  3. loriag — October 21, 2017 @ 11:33 am (#)

    The hubster uses the lawn mover and bagger to give the lawn a clean up.

  4. Carole D. — October 23, 2017 @ 9:06 pm (#)

    Thank you for the tips, I didn’t know you should Aerate your lawn in the fall, I see most people do it in the spring.

  5. Stephanie LaPlante — October 24, 2017 @ 6:24 am (#)

    Thanks for the tips. We’re in the middle of all this now. We have a massive amount of leaves even though we don’t have a tree. lol

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen — October 25, 2017 @ 8:28 pm (#)

    Hmm, I haven’t understood how a chain saw applies to lawn care, or is it for cutting down branches?

  7. Laurie P — October 27, 2017 @ 3:41 pm (#)

    But is it good to keep the grass long for the winter, or go ahead and give it one last cut?

  8. Elizabeth Matthiesen — October 27, 2017 @ 8:45 pm (#)

    I couldn’t figure out what the last photo was but I assume it’s the power washer – I’m used to much smaller machines. 🙂

  9. AD — October 29, 2017 @ 1:54 pm (#)

    Great tips! I always aerate and fertilize my lawn prior to winter setting in.

  10. Louise Chapman — October 30, 2017 @ 11:27 am (#)

    Good reminder to aerate!

  11. Donna Clarke — October 30, 2017 @ 1:05 pm (#)

    I don’t have a lawn, but you sure made me realize how hard my parents worked in the yard. As a kid, I always thought raking was fun, now…not so much. 🙂

  12. Elva Roberts — October 30, 2017 @ 2:44 pm (#)

    Thank you for all your tips. We had such a dry summer and fall that the grass did not do well. I did water my flowers when necessary and we all enjoyed their color all summer and most of the fall.

  13. Connie — October 30, 2017 @ 9:24 pm (#)

    Thanks for the tips, thankfully I’m not the one who has to maintain our yard! ????

  14. Debbie W — November 3, 2017 @ 6:58 am (#)

    Thanks for the reminders. It’s that time of year!!

  15. Lynda Cook — November 3, 2017 @ 10:45 am (#)

    I hate doing Fall clean up, yet Spring cleaning is fine, we just got the gutters on the house done and now for the rest of the property, ugh!!

  16. Calvin F. — November 3, 2017 @ 1:02 pm (#)

    Geat tips, I have to clean our yard and garden before more snow comes

  17. Barb W — November 3, 2017 @ 2:27 pm (#)

    I’m looking at that Kindle!

  18. Erin N — November 5, 2017 @ 1:28 pm (#)

    Fall is so pretty, but all the leaves on the lawn are such a pain! Thank you for these tips.

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