Prep Your Yard for Fall in 6 Easy Steps

With the fall weather approaching, take advantage of the last warm days of summer to tidy up your backyard. You'll be able to relax better inside knowing your yard outside is ready for the cold weather. And Orchard is here to help with six tips to get your yard prepped for the fall.

1. Sharpen your chainsaws, pruners, and loppers

Keeping your blades sharp is important year-round, so why not use the changing seasons as a reminder? Orchard makes it simple– just bring your dull blades to our Workbench and we'll sharpen them for you right then and there.

2. Get to the gutters with a ladder

Don't wait until it's windy and rainy to clean those gutters! Carefully climb up there with a ladder and remove all the debris that has collected during the summer. Thinking ahead will help you avoid clogged gutters when the wet weather hits.

3. Break out your pruning, raking, and leaf-gathering equipment

The same goes for the debris that has gathered on the ground. Give your yard a once-over with a rake and prune away dead plant growth. Now is also the perfect time to make sure you have the appropriate leaf-gathering equipment before they start to fall.

4. Keep the lawn and hedges trimmed and tidy

Trim around the edges of your lawn and hedges to make sure you start the season ahead of the game. Cutting your lawn slightly shorter in autumn also helps prevent the grass from matting down under leaves.

5. Re-seal your deck to protect it from rain

You've enjoyed your deck all summer long, and now it's time to make sure it stands up to the harshest weather. Repair sun damage and general wear and tear from those long summer days by re-sealing your deck before fall begins.

6. Stow your outdoor cleanup equipment in a storage shed

Once you’ve tidied up your yard, you’ll need a place to store all of your equipment. A storage shed will provide organization and allow you to easily find your equipment again should you need it during the colder months.

Don’t wait until the cold weather hits to tidy up your outdoor space. Instead enjoy a hot drink and some peace of mind knowing your yard is ready for the changing seasons.