You may think spring is for cleaning, but fall is an important time to get your yard in tip-top shape before the winter snow. Putting a little time in now means saving a little time come spring.

Not sure where to start with fall clean-up? Follow these tips:

1. Don’t Let Up on Yard Care

Continue to water and mow your grass throughout the fall, cutting it as low as possible near the end of the season to help the soil dry out in the spring. It may be cooler outside, but grass still needs nurturing. Do a round of fall fertilizing to replenish nutrients and keep roots healthy.

2. Rake the Leaves from Your Yard

It’s tempting to just leave it until spring, but leaf coverage can smother your lawn, inhibit growing and promote snow mold diseases. You can dispose of leaves and yard debris at one of our recycling centers, or rent a dumpster for easy disposal.

3. Trim Trees and Shrubs

Cut back overgrown branches that could get in the way or break off come a heavy winter snow. Pull out old vegetable plants and other debris from the garden.

4. Weatherize Your Home

Check the weather stripping and caulking to make sure your home will be fully protected from the elements. Insulate your pipes, if needed, to prevent them from freezing.

5. Organization is Key

It had its last hurrah of the season, so wipe down and store your patio furniture. Clean and put away your gardening tools, and get out those snow shovels and snow blower. That way, you’ll be ready and organized when the first snowfall comes around.

Being proactive can make a whole world of difference in winter preparedness. Clean now, so you can rest easy later!