The chillier months are upon us, and the weather will soon start to change. Get your outdoor space looking tidy when you give these 7 frugal fall clean up tips a try. By following these tips you can get your yard ready for the months ahead, and have less work for yourself in the spring. Here is how you can get started.
7 Frugal Fall Yard Clean Up Tips
1. Have a raking party.
Put on your coats and hats, grab some hot chocolate, and have a raking party with the family. Kids will enjoy helping and it is an easy and fast way to get the job done quickly. Plus, it is a great way to get some bonding time in! Clear away leaves now so in the spring your yard is clear and clean.
2. Create leaf based mulch.
To keep flower beds warm in the winter, create a layer of mulch using crushed up leaves. Since you already have a great deal of leaves on hand this time of year, it is like having free mulch at your fingertips. Just create a layer and wet it into place. Remove the mulch in the spring. While mulching, remove any dead plants, twigs, or flowers. You can also use fall leaves to make leaf mulch to use in your garden next spring.
3. Borrow or rent tools you don't have.
If there are yard tools you need that you don't have, see if a neighbor is willing to loan you the item or if a local hardware store can rent it. This costs less than buying the item, which may not be cost effective if you only use it once a year. Examples would be leaf blowers, wood chippers, and specialty mowers.
4. Plant the last of your bulbs.
Flower bulbs can be planted until the first frost. If you have any laying around, now is the time to get them in the ground. Bulbs are a frugal way to add a pop of color to your yard with little effort.
5. Gather branches and use them as kindling.
Gather up all of the sticks and branches that have fallen in the yard. Tie them up with twine or rope and store them for kindling that you can use over the winter months. Here are more ways to use yard debris.
6. Take advantage of free city pick up.
Does your city offer free leaf or yard debris pick up? Now is the time to take advantage of it. Be sure you know when pick ups are and what the rules are. This way, you can get yard waste cleared away for free.
7. Clean and store yard furniture.
Use vinegar and water or a Magic Eraser to clean yard furniture. Store it in a garage or shed so it stays safe during the winter months. This also makes less work for you in the spring, and can help your furniture last longer.
Getting your yard spruced up for fall is easy when you give these 7 frugal fall clean up tips a try. Try them out in a your yard!