Saturday, September 27th is National Public Lands Day. Started in 1994, this day is devoted to preserving public lands and national parks. The holiday will provide free admission to state parks on Saturday as well as volunteering events for those looking to aid in public park maintenance. Here is a list of National Public Lands Day events happening across the nation. In celebration, Handyman Matters has a guide to keeping your garden as remarkable as our nation’s wilderness.
- Step 1: Weed & Fertilize
As the fall season gradually turns colder, it can also bring more moisture to your lawn. If you are able to anticipate some of that humidity, you should weed and fertilize. If done in advance to a more wet day, the fertilizer will act as a deep conditioner to your lawn: replenishing and repairing its dry areas. Start with pulling all the excess weeds from your lawn. If possible, avoid applying any weed treatments as these are more hash on lawns during the fall.
Next, find yourself a heavy duty fertilizer. September is one of the last months to optimize nitrogen absorption. Nitrogen will help your lawn repair it’s foliage from the summer abuse. Focus on finding a fertilizer with a higher first number in its formula – this is its nitrogen count. In a month or so, you will want to fertilize your lawn one last time with a prosperous rich formula to stimulate root growth. The second number on the fertilizer’s formula will indicate this – shoot for the high twenties.
- Step 2: Trim Branches
In most parts of the country, winter is synonymous with snow. This can mean broken branches and safety risks if there is a heavy snow. Avoid winter damages by trimming back dead or astray branches. Focus on directing branches away from walkways and entrances. Branches above a roof can also be trouble – consider clearing these ones out as well.
- Step 3: Plant Bulbs
Fantasize your future garden. When spring begins to bloom, what colors would you like to see most in your yard? Create a map of what you want and where, then go get some bulbs! Bulbs are essentially flower time capsules. Planting these in the fall will give them time to establish roots, and then when the temperatures begin to rise in the spring, you will see little flowers peaking their head through the surface.
- Step 4: Mulch
Applying mulch is the last step in preparing your garden for the cold months ahead. Mulch is like fertilizer in the sense that it will help seal in moisture around your flowers. Distribute mulch around plants and exposed soil, this will also help prevent any last minute weeds from popping up.
Gardening is often the best way to increase your home’s curb appeal. Handyman Matters excels in exterior maintenance. For assistance checking these fall tasks off your to-do list, call 866-FIX-MY-HOME.