Fall Yard Clean-up Tips, Remember to Call 811

underground utility locatingWith cooler days around the corner, many of us begin the process of our fall yard cleanup. We’ve got some suggestions for what to do and some reminders to be careful where utilities are located and to be sure to call 811 before any digging.

Here’s your “honey do” list 🙂

  • Remove dead flowers and take out any vegetables or fruits that are rotted or unpicked.
  • If you want to have a gorgeous garden once the warm weather rolls around again, plant spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils. Be sure you plant them after it’s too warm for them to sprout but before it gets too cold that the ground freezes and the roots can’t dig in.
  • Put away your gardening tools and give them a good clean so they’ll be ready to go next spring. A layer of oil on each tool is also a good way to keep them from rusting.
  • Reseed! Did you know fall is the best time to reseed? Why? You’ll be getting to the roots before they establish themselves ahead of winter.
  • Weed, weed and weed again! Not the most fun part of gardening, but an important component to keep your yard in ship shape.
  • Fertilize your yard one last time to help it replenish after the hot days of summer.
  • Aerate the soil to help loosen it and let the air get to the areas that have been compacted over the summer months.
  • Give it one last mow. Yea! You can put away the lawn mower for the season. Experts recommend cutting it low for the last cut.

Before you do all these fall chores, make sure you know where your utilities are located and don’t just guess! Call 811 for public utility locating and Baker-Peterson for any private utility locating (utility lines that you own) at 855-756-2283.

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