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5 Easy Steps to a Winter-Ready Lawn

It's fall. What a beautiful, invigorating season. There’s a crispness in the air and pumpkins on the doorsteps. It’s time for vibrant colors, fallen leaves and football.

It’s also a great time to get your lawn ready for the upcoming winter.

But you don’t have to set aside an entire weekend for yard work. A few hours on a Saturday afternoon should get the job done. By putting in a little work now you’ll have more time to dedicate to your dreams later on – and a much nicer lawn in the spring.

Here are 5 quick ways to get your lawn in order this fall:

Mow a little more
Don’t park the lawnmower just yet. A shorter lawn promotes healthy growth and is easier to rake. And mowing fallen leaves will give your yard extra nutrients.

Grab a rake
A buildup of leaves can prevent healthy grass growth. As they start to fall a little faster, and the piles are too big to mow over, it’s time to grab a rake and clear the lawn.

Feed and fertilize
After soaking up nutrients from the soil all summer, there’s not much left for your lawn to live on. Fertilizing now will help roots survive hibernation and grow faster in the spring.

Make the most of mulch
Spreading mulch around the base of plants, trees and shrubs will help protect them from colder temperatures and harsher weather.

Tidy up your tools
Last but not least, remove dirt and grime from your yard tools to prevent rust and keep them looking and working like new, so they’re ready and willing the next time you need them.