Anyone who stepped outside Thursday felt the dramatic change in temperature from Wednesday. Yet another reminder that winter and colder weather is approaching.
After cleaning the furnace and fireplace and sealing any cracks around the house, it's time to turn our attention to just outside our door.
Now is when the beauty of fall starts to turn into the work of winter.
As the temperature and leaves begin to fall, it's time to assess the yard and what needs to be done before snow covers the landscape.
Doug Wilcox of Doug’s Turf Care says it's best to aerate the lawn and keep mowing for a few more weeks.
“And then put down a good winterizer and that's probably the best application of the year,” Wilcox said. “If you've got weeds you want to spray at that time, it's a good time to spray them now, dandelions, it's the best time to spray them is in the fall.”
Wilcox says leaves can be mowed up.
“It's better just to mow them and grind them up unless you get too many then you might have to rake them up little bit but they're very good for your soil, especially if you've aerated then the leaves can go back down the hole and help break up the soil,” he said.
Stacy Hughes of Terry Hughes Tree Service said now is a good time to inspect our trees and cut out any dead limbs.
“You cut to the branch collar and you leave the branch collar,” he said. “You don't go past that or you could actually create more decay.”
Hughes said evergreens that are completely brown probably need to be removed.
Branches with some browning need to be cut back.
“Now that everything is dormant you don't have to worry about spreading diseases from one tree to another,” he said.
Ted Vice of Ted’s Mower Service said it's also time to think ahead and get the snow blower ready.
“If it's two cycle make sure you've got your oil mix ready and everything checked out on it,” he said.
An expensive mistake --- last year's gas still in the tank.
“It will gum up your carburetor real bad and if it sits long enough it can deteriorate your fuel lines,” Vice said.
Some additional tips from our panel of experts...
Don’t cut back rose bushes. Leave them alone until spring.
Be sure to unhook the garden hose. Failure to do so can cause freezing inside the pipes that can be expensive to repair.
And take the lawn mower in for a tune up.