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1. How to prevent snow mold on your lawn

2. How to add color with fall annuals

3. Plant fast-growing fall vegetables

4. Winterize your vegetable garden

5. Keep an eye out for insects

6. Plant bulbs for spring

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How To Get Your Lawn and Garden Ready for Fall and Winter in 2024

3 min readUpdated May. 15, 2024Terry MehilosRiding Mower
How To Get Your Lawn and Garden Ready for Fall and Winter

As we transition into the chillier months of the year, learning how to get your lawn and garden ready for fall and winter in 2024 is crucial. Adopting the right measures in time can keep your outdoor spaces flourishing and vibrant throughout these seasons. This guide offers expert advice and tips on preparing your lawn and garden for the 2024 fall and winter.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • To prevent snow mold on your lawn, cut grass shorter than usual, avoid leaf buildup, and consider using leaves as mulch or in compost.
  • Plant vibrant fall annuals like pansies and violas after Labor Day for added color to your garden.
  • For fast-growing fall vegetables, consider lettuce, radishes, green onions, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, beets, cabbage, onions, peas, kale, and collard greens.

Prepare your lawn and garden for fall and winter with these essential tips and tricks. From preventing snow mold on your lawn to planting colorful fall annuals and fast-growing vegetables, discover how to maintain a vibrant outdoor space even as temperatures drop.

Lawn Care

6 Cold-Weather Lawn and Garden Care Tips

1. How to prevent snow mold on your lawn

• Cut your grass shorter than you normally would in the summer to avoid snow mold. This fungus can show up after a thaw if your grass is too long and matted.

• Don’t let leaves pile up. A thick layer of leaves can damage your grass during winter when everything is blanketed in snow.

• You can mow your leaves — just make sure you have the grass catcher bag attached. Use those leaves as a cozy layer of mulch for your garden or add them to your compost pile.

• Let the last, sparse layer of leaves enrich your lawn during the winter months. Mow with the blade at the highest level or on the mulch setting, and let those leaf shards help nourish your lawn over the winter.

• Going low-tech (good old-fashioned raking) has an advantage over mowing or leaf blowing. You’ll dethatch your lawn at the same time. Excess thatch can lead to snow mold.

2. How to add color with fall annuals

• Autumn is all about blazing color, so plant dramatic, colorful annuals. Pansies, violas and sweet alyssum add bursts of color to your garden.

• Tip: Wait until after Labor Day to buy your annuals. Your garden store might be offering discounts.

3. Plant fast-growing fall vegetables

• Lettuce, radishes and green onions can harvest in a month or less.

• Spinach, carrots, cucumbers and zucchini can be ready to harvest in 50 to 60 days.

• Beets, cabbage, onions and peas can withstand temps as low as 20ºF.

• Kale, spinach and collard greens can survive dips below 20ºF — even into the single digits.

4. Winterize your vegetable garden

• Buy frost blankets from the garden store. They can protect plants all the way down to 24ºF.

• Remove dead, decaying plant matter and pop it in your compost bin. But leave your dead stalks in the garden. They’ll act as makeshift mulch to help protect your perennials’ roots.

• Cover your vegetable garden with mulch, especially if you live in a harsh winter climate. This will help protect your soil from the cold.

5. Keep an eye out for insects

• Garden pests can lurk in plant debris and weeds, so clean them up.

• Slugs thrive in moist environments, such as under pots and in mulch. In the right conditions, slugs lay eggs over the winter, which then hatch in the spring.

6. Plant bulbs for spring

• You want to plant bulbs like tulips and daffodils, in the months of September or October when the soil temperatures are cooler.

• Dahlia and gladiolus bulbs are best planted in the spring.

Here’s one more lawn and garden tip: Now that the cold weather is here, it’s a good time to have your mower serviced and ready for the return of the warm weather. Contact Sears today.

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