Have you Prepped your Home & Gardens for Fall Weather?

Photo: Sargent’s Gardens

Fall is not all just jumping in leaves and Halloween decorations. As the temperatures get lower and the trees lose their leaves, there is a chance that fall has wreaked havoc on your home.  Are you bothered by clogged gutters and sad plants? Have you taken the time to mulch your garden this season, or do you not even know why mulching is a thing? This short list will help you get your home (or rental) ready for fall.

Get Those Gutters Cleaned Up

A debris-clogged gutter can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Gutters are an integral piece of your home’s well being. They serve to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation, and landscape. Gutters that get clogged up with leaves and other debris can be a huge pain if you don’t clean them early in the season. To avoid water damage, flooding, and a leaky roof it’s best to have your gutters de-clogged at the start of the fall.

Yes, Mulching is a Thing

Plants feel the cold just as much as we do, it turns out. One way to help your leafy friends is by mulching. Mulch helps to lock in moisture and regulate temperature around the base of a tree. This helps insulate the trees when the temperatures drop. Mulch also controls weed growth around the base of a tree that can sometimes cause competition for the growth of a tree.
Add a layer of chopped leaves or wood chips to your soil. This prevents weeds, water loss, and protects plants from winter conditions.

It’s Never too Early to Prep for Spring

You might not realize it, but now is the perfect time to clear out your garden. Old plants can harbor all kinds of pests, fungi, and disease. Removing rotting plants will give you a head start on pest control for next year. Plus, once they’re out of the way, you can start planting your new bulbs for the spring bloom.