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6 Ways You Can Prep Your Yard For Fall

6 Ways You Can Prep Your Yard For Fall

As the leaves start to fall and a cooler breeze sweeps across Calgary, it’s time to start thinking about prepping your yard for the fall. Here are 6 tips to consider to help get your garden ready for cooler weather:

  1. Move your herb garden indoors: If you’re not ready to say goodbye to your lovely herb garden just yet, you can move them indoors toa place where there is m of light, which can help them last a little longer. If they’re not in the best condition then you can always try harvesting them and drying them out to use in the winter months.
  2. Clear your annuals: Because annuals are only good for one growing season, it can be a good idea to clear them out before the snow flies. This way you can make some room for more plants and space will be ready to prep for new annuals, once spring comes around.
  3. Plant trees or shrubs: Just because the temperatures are getting cooler doesn’t mean your planting has to stop. Fall can still be a good time to plant trees and shrubs because the soil is still warm enough for the roots to become established. If you get it done early enough, the plants and shrubs may have more time to get accustomed to their new home before the winter season kicks in.
  4. Add mulch in bare areas: Look around for places where there are bare spots of soil or areas for potential new plants. If you already have mulch elsewhere in your yard,  then add some mulch to bare areas or top-up thinning areas. This can help keep in a small extra layer of insulation for your garden.
  5. Fertilize the lawn: There’s nothing worse than having dried up grass once the winter months clear away, so now is the time to make sure your lawn is getting the proper nutrients throughout the winter. Fertilizer is a great way to help your grass get the proper nutrients to survive the colder temperatures. Look for fertilizer designed for cooler months, like fall or winter-prep mixes.
  6. Plan for Any Spring Upgrades. As you tidy your yard, you might spot some opportunities for a new feature you’d like to add: a new tree, a dedicated fire pit area, a clear stone pathway, additional seating with a new seating wall…ideas could be endless! Bear in mind any challenge spots you may need to solve or any new additions you may wish to add as you work through your winter yard prep, then start planning for those changes when the weather warms up again by researching your ideas, mapping your design, or connecting with a professional to help you! We work with a lot of homeowners who “book early” in the fall, so their renovations can start early in the spring and be ready for use for more of the warm season!

Just like we need to prepare for the cooler seasons, so does your yard. These 6 tips will ensure your yard is ready for the cooler months, making it easier to prepare your own great outdoors in the spring.

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6 Easy Ways to Spring Clean Your Yard for Summer

6 Easy Ways to Spring Clean Your Yard for Summer

After what feels like a long winter, it might be hard to imagine that springtime blooms are just around the corner but that springtime sunshine will be here before we know it! Get your yard sunshine-ready with 6 easy ways you can start to prep your yard for spring:

  1. Start to clean debris. As your yard starts to thaw out, take an easy 5-10 minutes to walkthrough your yard each week. Prune any dead branches on trees and shrubs. Collect any deadfall, leaves, litter or other unwanted items that may have gone into hibernation in your yard. If you have a pup, this of course includes poop scoop duty (if you want to bring in reinforcements for this one, there are a few local businesses you can hire to help you! One we know of is Paw Butler, who work throughout Calgary).
  2. Clean your structures. As the days get warmer, this is a good opportunity to give your permanent structures (your shed, deck, patio, etc) a refreshing clean. This includes a firepit, if you have one! Find a sunny Sunday to clear out the winter cobwebs and dirt. You can do this with a hose, a power washer or even simple bucket of warm water. You may be surprised the difference it can make on the overall look and feel of your yard!
  3. R and Aer. A little raking and aerating can go a long way for your lawn. After the melt, a light raking will help remove any dead grass or leaves and help new grass start to take over. In our Calgary climate, the ground is typically ready for raking in March to April, but watch for the snow to be melted and the ground to be (mostly) thawed.
  4. Garden Prep. Remove any annuals you plan to replace and divide any perennials that may need a little more room to grow. This is important in making sure these plants aren’t overcrowded and are getting good airflow evenly throughout their growth. Here’s where you can start to add compost to your garden bed as well, evenly throughout the bed and with a little extra attention to roots. This is also a good time to tidy your edging (the space between your lawn and your garden), cultivate old mulch and add in your new mulch to your beds (just make sure to limit mulch around tree and shrub bases to avoid potential rot!).
  5. Fertilize & Water. Lawn fertilizer should be applied three times throughout the year, the first of which happens in spring. This helps your lawn eat up the nutrients it may have lost over the chill and be ready to grow, strong and lush.
  6. Assess Yard Needs. Now that your current outdoor canvas has been tidied, you can take a look at where you want to add, upgrade, fix or remove specific elements. This is everything from lighting (are there low-lit areas that need better visibility for safety, or aesthetic?) to layout (is it clear where the natural flow of activities and traffic in the yard should – or shouldn’t – be). Be honest and creative here – this is a fun one! It’s your home sweet home and being honest in areas of opportunity will help you ensure you are creating that feeling as much in your outdoor space as you do indoors. Even if it’s a multi-year plan, identifying your wishlist is a great way to gameplan the ways you’ll continue to cultivate your own great outdoors (and we love hearing your ideas – let us know what you come up with!).

Much like the rest of us, your yard is excited for summer sunshine and with these 6 easy steps, you’re on your way to making sure your yard is all ready for it!

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