15 Tips for Fall Yard Cleanup.

This fall, it's time to tidy up the yard. Here are 15 things you should do to prepare your yard for winter.

 Clean out debris

Fallen leaves and weeds provide an ideal habitat for pests to spend the winter. To keep the vermin at bay, clear away the flower beds.

Clean up the vegetable garden

Remove old vegetable plants and detritus after the final harvest. If you compost, now is the time to apply a layer to help nourish your soil in preparation for planting next spring.

Remove any stray branches.

Trim any dead, damaged, or diseased branches that grew throughout the summer. Remove any out-of-place tree branches that may cause problems in the winter.

Clear the gutters.

Not all of the fall cleaning is done in the yard. This is an excellent time to clean out rain gutters of leaves and other debris.

Lawn aeration

Break up the soil to prevent water from accumulating and to ensure that nutrients reach the roots over the winter.

Dry everything out

Hoses, fountains, drip irrigation systems, and other water features should all be completely dry before being stored.

Feed the lawn

To promote root growth and enjoy a lush, green lawn come spring, add a fall-application of high-phosphorous lawn fertilizer.

Mulch and rake

Avoid letting falling leaves overwhelm you; if they are not dealt with, they could choke the grass. For young trees, shrubs, and flowerbeds, rake them up, shred them, and use them as mulch to improve nutrients, aid with weed control, and keep roots warm.

Pruning shrubs and trees

During your fall cleaning routine, trim any dead branches and prune any overgrown trees and bushes.

Give it one final mowing

Before winter arrives, put your mower to a low setting and give the lawn a little buzz. This promotes quicker soil drying in the spring, which results in a greener grass.

Cut back and divide perennials

Spread the word if your perennials this year truly went off. Plants can be divided and added to other areas where they will thrive.

 Protect cold-sensitive plants

Maintain the health of fragile perennials, shrubs, and roses throughout the winter. To protect plants from freezing, add mulch to the base and wrap them in textile barriers.

Plant fall annuals, bulbs, and shrubs.

Some plants thrive when planted in the autumn. If you want to plant new shrubs or spring bulbs like hyacinths, now is the time to do it.

Keep the deck safe.

Give the deck a vigorous power wash to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. If you don't already have one, you can rent one from a garden store.

Clean and store your tools.

Don't leave your gardening tools in the shed until spring. Take the time to thoroughly clean them.