Can you believe spring clean up and summer planting is already behind us? It is now time again to start thinking about fall yard care and getting your lawn and flower beds ready for a long winters nap. By taking care of your yard at this time, you will have less work to do come spring, and will also be able to enjoy a yard that is healthy and looks fantastic. Sure you could hire someone to do this fall yard clean up for you, but that could cost an easy $30 or more an hour.
7 Frugal Yard Care Tips
Instead, take a look at some simple tips below for doing this task yourself. You can easily do your own fall clean up and not only enjoy a beautiful yard your neighbors will be envious of, but you will save some serious cash. Fall clean up time is here, so take a look at 7 frugal fall yard are tips to get you started.
7 Frugal Fall Yard Care Tips
1. Plant your bulbs now. Fall is the perfect time to plant your spring bulbs. They need some time to get acclimated to the earth, so plant now for lovely spring blooms. Your local dollar store may have a variety of bulbs, or check out gardening centers where you are sure to find quality bulbs for just a few bucks on clearance.
2. Find creative mulch solutions. Have tons of leaves? Why not use them as mulch? Gather those fall leaves and apply them to your flower beds and gardens. They will keep the soil rich and plant roots safe from the elements. The best part? Leaves are free! Other mulch ideas are shredded newspaper or grass clippings.
3. Don’t buy, borrow! If you are in need of yard tools you don’t have, don’t buy them, borrow them! See if a neighbor is willing to loan you theirs or rent for a small fee from a gardening center. A neighbor may be willing to let you borrow theirs if you give them a hand with their yard, and most gardening centers will rent you tools for a small deposit. Give it a try!
4. Make whimsical yard décor for less. Want something else to do with all of those leaves? Look for orange leaf bags, fill them up, and present them as giant pumpkins in your yard! Use green fabric scraps to tie them closed and look like stems. These are so fun, and are a great way to use up those leaves.
5. Start dead heading. Gather the kids and have them help you dead head plants. This means you are going to pop off the dead blooms on your plants and flowers. This will help them come back full and healthy next season. Plus, you don’t need any special tools, just your hands.
6. Save those sticks. If you have a fire pit or fireplace, save the twigs and branches you trim during your clean up. Bundle them up with sturdy twine or rope and you will have plenty to burn in the upcoming winter season. It is much cheaper (free!) than having to buy firewood.
7. Take advantage of gardening center clearance sales. Now is the time when gardening centers will start discounting plants and gardening supplies. Stock up on fertilizer at this time and give your yard one least treatment for the season. It is still not too late to apply grass seed where needed or to even apply plant food to your remaining plants. If you see a tree sapling or any other perennials that catch your eye, grab them! Even if they look scrawny now, they are sure to come back strong in the spring.
When you give these simple and frugal yard clean up tricks a try, you are sure to get a great looking lawn for less. Don’t wait, give these tips a try now and get a yard neighbors will admire and your budget will appreciate too!