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With autumn arriving on Sept. 22, it’s time to get your yard ready for spring, says Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI).
“What you do now will determine the quality of your yard next spring,” says Kiser. “Your living landscape does a lot for you. It produces oxygen, reduces the urban heat island effect, filters and captures runoff, improves air quality, controls erosion, absorbs carbon dioxide and supports biodiversity.”
Keep mowing: Shorter grass is more resistant to diseases and traps fewer falling leaves. Cutting the grass low allows more sun to reach the crown of the grass, so less leaf will turn brown in the winter. However, cutting off too much at one time can be damaging, so never trim more than a third of the grass blades off in a single cutting.
Aerate your lawn: Compressed soil hurts grass health. Aerating punches holes into the soil and lets oxygen, water and nutrients in.
Mulch your leaves: Many mowers can mulch leaves with an attachment. Since mulching with a mower can mix grass clippings with leaf particles, these nitrogen-rich particles and carbon-rich leaf particles will compost more quickly.
Trim and shore up trees and bushes: Make sure branches are safely trimmed back from overhead lines, and not in danger of falling on a home or structure in winter weather. You may need to tie or brace limbs of upright evergreens or plants to prevent them from breaking in high winds or snow.
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