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Fall Landscaping Ideas: How to Prepare Your Yard for Winter

Fall landscaping preparation ideas ready your yard for a long winter and glorious spring.

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon | Published: October 4, 2011

Fall landscaping chores are your last chance to prepare your property for winter, and to protect that curb appeal you’ve worked so hard to create. So pull on some gloves, grab your tools, and get ready to mulch, prune, and plant before snow and frozen ground turn the lights out on your landscaping.

Spread Mulch

“Fall mulching is better for the plants than spring mulching,” says Dan Taft, owner of The Cutting Edge in Chantilly, Va. “It helps protect roots from frost and helps retain moisture during a cold and dry winter.”

Spread 2 to 3 inches of fresh mulch around shrubs and trees. Taft warns home owners to avoid using free mulch from municipal piles, which often contain disease spores; instead, buy hardwood shredded mulch from home and garden centers, he says.

“Cheap, dump mulch mainly is made from trees that have died from disease,” Taft says. “Many diseases will linger in the mulch, like leaf spot and pine bark borers. You don’t want ground-up diseased plants around your landscaping.”

Remove the Dead and Dying

Fall isn’t the time to prune, because that encourages growth when healthy plants should remain dormant. But don’t shelve your shears and loppers yet. Fall is the time to neaten your landscaping before putting it to bed for the winter.

“If you remove dead landscaping in fall, you don’t have to look at it all winter,” Taft says.

  • Remove dead annuals.
  • Deadhead spent blooms, and cut back dead and desiccated ornamental grasses and perennials.
  • Lightly prune dead and dying branches from shrubs and trees. Carefully remove dried blossoms from hydrangea, but don’t remove dead-looking stalks, where new buds will form in spring.
  • After the first frost, cut back tea roses to about a third of their height.

Wrap Delicate Shrubs

Heavy snow, ice, and high winds can dry and split your delicate and pricey shrubs. To protect your landscaping from the winter elements:

  • Hide small plants under overturned plastic pots or buckets.
  • Wrap shrubs, such as boxwoods, in burlap.
  • Surround vulnerable trees with shredded leaves.

Take Advantage of Fall Sales

Early fall until the ground freezes is a good time to plant trees and shrubs. Not only do cooler weather and autumn rain put less stress on young landscaping plants, nurseries often have sales to empty their shelves before winter.

“They need to sell every plant by Dec. 1,” Taft says. “Nurseries generally pay a third of the price that you’re paying. So don’t be afraid to offer less than the asking price. If you’re buying several things, the manager may give you a break.”

Visit HouseLogic.com for more articles like this. Reprinted from HouseLogic.com with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Featured Image Photo Credit: “Williamstown, Massachusetts” by Doug Kerr © 2010 (CC BY-SA 2.0; Edited)

DIY Fall Decor for Your Home

Looking to spruce up your home for fall, but on a budget? We have scoured Pinterest for the best home made decoration tutorials. Get festive with these DIY projects!

Flickr Creative Commons: Tambako The Jaguar (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Flickr Creative Commons: Tambako The Jaguar (CC BY-ND 2.0)

1. Fall Mason Jar VasesHometalk

Mason jars are so popular right now! The cheapest place to find them (other than online) is at your local hardware store! These DIY vases simultaneously exciting and classy.

2. Pumpkin Flower Pot iheartnaptime

Add some color to your font porch! This is also a great way to use old plastic pumpkins that are lacking character.

3. [Sparkly] Autumn Leaves GarlandDesign Envy

Using neutrally colored sparkles gives these tacky fake leaves a stunning look. This garland would look great over a fireplace, or in your entryway.

4. Canning Jar Ring PumpkinYellow Bliss Road

Now that you have all those mason jars from DIY #1, you can use the rings to make a pumpkin! This very clever idea has a wonderfully rustic feel.

5. 2×4 PumpkinsAlayna’s Creations

This very simple DIY looks fantastic! They would look great on your front steps or mantelpiece. And you only need a few materials!

6. Fall WreathCreate & Babble

A wreath is a common item found on front doors, but with this tutorial you can add your own personal style! This wreath has a more natural feel to it, but you could add glitter or gems to spice it up!

7. Painted AcornsHome Stories A to Z

These cute little accents are great for adding to vases or garnishing tables. The best part is you can paint them to match whatever you’d like!

8. Yarn Wrapped Candy CornThrifty Decor Chick

Such a great idea! Only two materials necessary – yarn and foam! Great for a centerpiece!


Did you give any of these a try? Do you have a tutorial of your own that you would like us to share? Let us know!

Have you checked RNR Realty out on Pinterest yet? We have a whole board dedicated to DIY projects for your home here!



Autumn House Maintenance Tips

Each season your home will face changes in temperature, weather conditions, aging and the abuse of human habitation. If you want to keep all of this from hurting your home, you will need to do a little work to prepare it for the autumn and winter seasons ahead. This will help you keep costly repairs at bay with a little bit of useful seasonal maintenance. Regardless of where you live, the following tips will give you a few ideas of work to do before the weather gets too cold:

  • Check your downspouts and gutters

Your roof is one place that is often forgotten during maintenance in most cases, so you would do well to remind yourself that proper inspections from time to time are necessary if you want to make sure everything is in working order. Clear any leaves and dirt on top of it and from its gutters, and check the downspouts for any loose or jammed pieces that may be obstructing the flow of water. Check the flashing around the chimney as well as any openings on the roof, such as skylights, for leaks.

  • Check the grounds of the property

Before you have the first snow or fallen leaves cover everything, you will need to check the walkways for any cracks as well as any loose materials. Fix them while you can, before the moist and slippery weather becomes a problem further down the line. If you don’t fix such issues now, you may even have a further deterioration of your walkways when frozen water expands inside the cracks over time.

  • Changing air filters

If you happen to have a central air conditioning system, you will need to change the air filter on a regular basis. If you have a window unit, you will have to remove the window or place a waterproof cover over it to prevent any damage. Change the filters in your stove vents, clothes dryers and the vents themselves for your central AC. Make sure you check the condition of your room fans if you happen to have any. Clean air filters will be a big deal during the cooler autumn months ahead. This will also ensure you have less allergens floating around the house, upping the productivity of your AC units as long as you keep them rotating when needed.

  • Fixing your plumbing

Before the temperatures lower, you will need to check for any leaks in your bathrooms, kitchens, basement and any other areas through which the main pipes pass. You will need to winterize any of them that happen to be in risk areas to avoid frozen pipes and bursts. Give them proper insulation if they don’t already have it, and you should be safe for the coming winter.

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Festive Fall Colors: Fantastic Foliage Drives

Each fall we can look forward to deciduous trees, or trees that lose their leaves seasonally to provide us with a dazzling display as the leaves change colors. Ranging from deep ambers to blazing reds, the vibrant display of colors never falls short of sensational. Luckily, we don’t have to travel far to see this striking phenomenon as it occurs from coast to coast. Because we don’t want you to miss out on this breathtaking event, we have mapped out the top ten fall foliage drives in the US. Who knows, maybe these scenic destinations may inspire your next road trip. So what are you waiting for? Hop in the car and go enjoy Mother Nature’s stunning colors! Find the full story including where to stay along the way and what to do here.

1. Aspen, Colorado

2. The Catskills, New York

3. The Berkshires, Massachusetts

4. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

5. Green Mountain Byway, Vermont

6. Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, New Mexico

7. Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina & Tennessee

8. Upper Peninsula, Michigan

9. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

10. Glacier National Park, Montana

Obviously these are just a few of the countless breathtaking fall foliage drives that our country has to offer. Again, for the entire list of the top 10 foliage drives visit fodors.com. If we missed one of your favorites, we would love to know! Give us your feedback in the comments section below!