Now that fall is here, you may not have to cut the grass quite as often, but you may want to take care of your lawn in another way. Here are three ideas to dress up your lawn and landscaping, and add a little beauty to your neighborhood.

  • Fertilize your lawn. If you only fertilize once a year, the cusp of fall is the best time. It's also a great time to sew a new lawn with cool-season turf like perennial ryegrass, fescues and Kentucky Bluegrass. The Virginia Cooperative Extension of Virginia Tech has an excellent guide to fall lawn care that covers everything from testing your soil to pest control.
  • If you have a garden, now's a good time to start planting for a fall harvest. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, turnips, mustard and arugula all grow wonderfully in later summer and early fall. And they'll help prepare your soil for your spring gardening. We've got roughly two months of freeze-free days, so don't wait much or slower growing crops might not have enough time to mature.
  • Plant flowers now, specifically annuals like asters, mums and Japanese anemones. Keep them watered and prune dying flowers regularly. Take care of your roses now, and you'll see a more beautiful fall. Remove all the dead stems and prune the rest back by about a third.  Add rose fertilizer and cover with clean mulch.  Only water if it hasn't rained in a week.

Remember that your lawn and landscaping is often the first thing potential buyers will see when they visit your home, so make sure that first impression is an excellent one.

Masha Halpern, Broker, CLHMS, GRI
Keller Williams Realty

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