Fall Yard Care Checklist: 8 Must-Do Items

Fall chores can seem overwhelming during this busy season. With back to school underway and the holidays approaching, time is precious.

To save time on fall yard care, we’ve created an annual reference checklist that includes 8 yard projects. Using this guide every season will help ensure you’re tackling the important areas. Of course there is more that you can do, but focus on these main areas before winter. Before you begin, read your outdoor power equipment operator’s manuals for safety instructions.


  • Remove lawn debris. Use a leaf blower to quickly and efficiently gather leaves and sticks for easy pickup and disposal. Raking is handy in flower beds but leaf blowers work well on larger areas and dry materials and if grass is still new and young. Not only does gathering debris keep the property looking up kept, but it will prevent leaves and sticks from becoming compacted under heavy snow.
  • Clear and edge pathways. Trim along the house or driveway with a . Proactive trimming will keep you ahead of the overgrown weeds that flourish in spring. Meanwhile, removing weeds and scraggly plants will reduce scratched ankles and hiding places for critters and bugs.
  • Clean the gutters. Remove leaves and debris from gutters, downspouts and rooftops so rain and snow easily drain.
  • Mow. Continue mowing because shorter grass survives best under the weight of snow and ice. Shorter grass blades will also encourage snowmelt to evaporate and drain more quickly in spring. Remember to still never cut more than 1/3 of the grass at a time, so slowly lower the deck height throughout the fall.
  • Fertilize. Even if you fertilized in the Spring. It’s still a good idea to fertilize your grass before winter. Read how here.
  • Stow lawn furniture. Cover or store furniture that you won’t use until spring. Protecting them from the elements will increase the lifespan of your tables and chairs.
  • Winterize and store outdoor power equipment. Putting equipment away without taking the right precautions can cause hard starting in the Spring. Properly prepare outdoor power equipment for storage and keep it in a dry place, out of the harsh elements.
  • Check your snow blower. Hopefully you don’t need to use your snow blower quite yet, but test it now so it’s all set for when you need to clear the driveway. Here’s our maintenance checklist.

I recommend tackling a couple tasks each weekend between now and the end of the season. Many of these projects are great opportunities to include the family and teach the younger ones about maintenance and safety.

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