The middle of autumn is the perfect time to start preparing the greenery in your backyard for winter. In this period, most of your vegetation is gradually entering a hibernation stage. Also, the weather is still nice enough for outdoor work.
So, here are some practical hacks that you can start applying in your backyard immediately after you read this article.
Spread leaf mold
Leaves are one of the most precious raw materials you have in your garden. Now that they’re falling to the ground, you can reuse them to feed other plants in your backyard.
You can cut up these leaves and make leaf mold in two different ways.
The first one is to use a lawn mower with a mulching blade. As you’re cutting through the leaves, the blade is fragmenting each and every piece to tiny bits. After the mowing, your shredded leaves are spread around the backyard as mulch that will fertilize the soil.
The other way to turn leaves into mold is to rake them up and store them in a compost bin. Add some water from time to time and let the leaves rot a bit. When they become fragile and crumbly, spread them around the backyard and around the trees. This natural fertilizer will not only feed the grass and tree roots throughout the winter, it will also keep them safe from frost and ice.
Remove the thatch and weed
Once you’ve raked up the backyard, you should take a spring-tine rake and scrub the thatch from the grass. Thatch is that brown-yellow dead grass that suffocates the roots of healthy grass. You can add it to your compost bin, so as to reuse as many things as possible. Just bear in mind that the thatch should be removed before you spread the leaf mold around the backyard.
What’s also important to do before winter is to remove any weed from the garden pathways. If you have brick pathways, read these eco-friendly tips about removing weed from such paths.
Those with stone garden paths should remove the weeds between the stones manually so as to avoid using herbicides in their backyard. While doing so, check the stone and replace the items that are cracked or damaged. You can also use this time to upgrade your stone pathways, and try out a different style.
Add a new coat of grass
Autumn is the best time to renew the grass in your garden. By overseeding the existing lawn, you’ll ensure that it gets even thicker and greener in the spring.
Before your do this, you need to prepare the lawn.
In line with that, adjust your lawn mower to cut the grass a bit shorter than you regularly do. That way, you’ll free up more soil for the new seeds.
The next stage is to painstakingly rake and remove all the cut grass from the lawn.
Now you can spread the seeds around the garden.
After you’ve sown the seeds, you should water the entire area for a few days, so that the new coat of grass gets enough water for a steady growth.
Protect your wood items
If you have any wooden areas in the backyard, like a patio or deck, make sure to protect them before the autumn rains and winter snows cover them. If you have been wanting to build said deck or patio, this is also a good time to do so.
First and foremost, check all the wood for any holes or cracks. If you spot any damaged parts, seal them with a wood filler.
If you see that your deck or patio needs a new coat before winter, wipe the area with tepid water and clean it with a wood-friendly cleaner.
After that, apply a new finish on the wood in question. Finally, let it dry for a couple of days and cover it with a tarp.
Autumn is the time when you’re starting to prepare your backyard for spring. Make sure that you remove all the leaves and use them as fertilizer, or simply add them to compost bins. Free the healthy grass from dead thatch and redo the pathways before winter. Finally, protect the wooden areas in your backyard and keep them safe from frost and moist. All of this will ensure that your garden once again becomes lush and green in the spring.