There’s a chill in the air and football on TV. In other words, fall is on the way in all its glory. This means that in addition to debating who will win the Super Bowl this year, it’s time to start thinking of transitioning your lawn and garden for the cold weather to come.
Here are some items we recommend you put on your fall to-do list:
Aerate so that water and nutrients can reach the roots.
Fertilize in September (for blade growth) and November (for root growth).
Mow your lawn one last time in late October, leaving 1 ½ -2 inch blades. This will avoid matting and fungus growth under snow and ice.
Consider planting trees and shrubs; early fall offers the ideal conditions. And remember to continue watering select plants and trees by hand even after your sprinkler system is winterized.
Use tree wrap on trunks of newly planted trees (those up to 3 years old).
Detach hoses from the spigot before the first freeze.
Clean gutters after the leaves have all fallen. Confirm that downspout extensions are all working properly.
Drain gasoline from lawn mowers and other gasoline-powered tools. Consider taking your lawn mower for servicing so it will be ready for next spring.
Cull toxic items and old paint from your garage shelves and arrange for a hazardous-materials pick up. For information about Denver pick up: www.denvergov.org.
Furnace and cooling:
Schedule a furnace service before the rush, which generally comes after the first cold snap.
Change the furnace and humidifier filters.
Drain and cover evaporative coolers before the first frost.