Tips to Get Your Yard Ready for Fall in Colorado and Wyoming

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Water: If it’s been a dry fall, make sure the soil is moist going into winter. It’s very stressful for the root system to go for months in bone-dry soil. Even when it’s cool, the soil is still losing moisture to the atmosphere, just not as quickly as it does when it’s hot.

Rake: Don’t leave dead leaves on your lawn. They’ll only promote mold and smother the grass when it’s trying to get started next spring. Plus, it’s much easier to rake them up in the fall when they’re dry.

Aerate: If you have heavy soil, fall is the time to aerate. Do it when the soil is moist and before you fertilize. Aerating loosens the soil, which allows roots to spread and oxygen to penetrate.

Fertilize: Even though the lawn is beginning to turn brown, the roots are hard at work storing nutrients for the winter and the following growing year. Fall is the single most important time to fertilize. Six to eight weeks before your first frost date is a good time to fertilize.

Mow: For the last cutting of the season, set your mower to about 1-1/2 in. and cut the grass short. That will help prevent snow mold in your yard.

Winterizing a Sprinkler System: You can pay an irrigation company or use your air compressor and do it yourself. You just have to be careful not to leave any water in the line or it might freeze over the winter and burst a pipe.

Prune Plants: By deadheading plants — removing spent flower heads — your gardens will look better, and the plants will be ready for overwintering. Pruning your garden and cutting back perennials in the fall can even lead to more flowers next year 4.

We hope these tips help you get your yard ready for fall!

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