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Fall Is the Time to Spruce Up the Yard for Spring

Posted by: Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Many hopeful sellers focus on indoor projects but don’t pay close enough attention to what prospective buyers will see first when they pull up to the house – the family yard. Attractive landscaping helps increase curb appeal, which can add as much as 17% to the sale price of your home. If you plan to list your home in the spring, fall is the time to start working on your living landscape.

Here are six tips from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) to help make your yard fabulous this fall and beyond.

Tip #1: Nurture healthy turf. Aerating the soil in autumn by punching holes in it allows oxygen, water and nutrients to reach hungry grass roots. This will create a lush lawn to welcome buyers in the spring.

Tip #2: Follow proper grass guidelines. Keep mowing the lawn as needed throughout the fall. For the last two cuttings of the year, adjust your blade to its lowest setting. This shorter cut will enable more sun to reach the crown of the grass and will result in fewer brown spots in the lawn.

Tip #3: Don’t leave the leaves. It may be tempting to wait until all the leaves fall off your trees before cleaning them up, but don’t delay. Fallen leaves block sunlight from reaching the turf, suffocating it and increasing the risk of fungus growth.

Tip #4: Leaf blow with care. A leaf blower can make quick work of clearing leaves from your lawn. Be mindful of your surroundings when using a leaf blower and make sure people and pets are out of the area.

Tip #5: Fuel properly. Lawn mowers, leaf blowers and edgers/pruners are key pieces of outdoor power equipment for fall. Be sure to “protect your power” by fueling the engines according to the manufacturer’s specs. That means using E10 fuel or less. If you’re using battery equipment, make sure they are charged and ready to go.

Tip #6: Grasscyle to feed the lawn. Using a mulching mower to shred and return cut grass back to the lawn is good for your grass. Another option is to finely mulch leaves and spread them on the lawn. Shredded leaves can help control weeds and load the lawn with nutrients before the long winter months.

To see an infographic with additional fall yard care tips, go here. For more information on the benefits of our living landscapes for property values, people and the planet, go to


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