10/14/2011 - Fall lawn clean-up tips
With autumn's arrival, many homeowners are clearing their properties and getting ready to put their lawns to bed for the winter. To help, home improvement and appliance retail outlet Lowe's is offering a few cleanup tips that may be useful.
Fallen leaves often pose as homeowners most labor intensive task, and because they can prevent a lawn's ability to breathe, the task can't be brushed aside. Therefore, Lowe’s recommends property owners to equip themselves with as a variety of garden tools, such as a rake with a cushioned grip and outdoor power equipment such as a leaf blower. This makes piling leaves easier so they can be bagged.
To make sure lawns are a lush green and grow back strong when the warm weather returns, Lowe's also recommends fertilizing lawns before the weather turns colder. Once fertilized and the temperatures dip significantly in late October and November, homeowners should raise the cutting height on their mowers from 2 to 2.5 inches.
With cold weather on the way and the potential hazards it can bring, homeowners may also want to make sure they have renewed their property insurance policy in the event they need to file a claim this winter.