5 DIY fall landscape tips that will save you money

Thwart costly repairs and upgrades next year with this prewinter checklist

October 14, 2016 | By: Travis Thompson

Remember when you were paid to do chores as a kid? Well, we found a way to make those jobs profitable again.

Follow this easy do-it-yourself checklist to avoid costly landscape and irrigation system repairs next spring, and put the money you saved back into the bank:

Winterizing pipes in the fall can prevent water from freezing in your pipes, which can lead to costly damage.
Winterizing pipes in the fall can prevent water from freezing in your pipes, which can lead to costly damage. Photo courtesy of Scott Akerman, Flickr Creative Commons.

Winterize: Irrigation system leaks are the second (behind toilets) most common type of leaks Denver Water techs discover each year.

With freeze season underway, winterize your irrigation system now to prevent costly damage caused by frozen water left in pipes. Here are some tips from Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado on how to properly prepare your system for winter.

Don’t have a sprinkler system? You still should disconnect your hoses from the spigot before it gets too cold. If you don’t, you’re leaving your faucet and hose vulnerable to the winter conditions that could cause the pipes feeding the spigot to break.

Mow: Did you know that late-season mowing helps reduce the risk of mold and other diseases forming in your yard? There is no reason to trim your grass shorter than usual, but make sure to get in one last cut before the snow flies. This simple task may save you from having to apply a fungicide later.

Mulch: If you’re like me, raking and bagging is the fall chore I dread most. But with one easy step, you can make the job easier while benefiting your yard. Just keep the bag off your mower and mulch the leaves into the grass.

Why? According to ALCC’s tips for fall lawn care, “The mulched leaves will naturally compost into the soil, providing nutrients for the lawn.”

If you do need to collect and bag your leaves, take advantage of community leaf drop programs, like this one in Denver. (And if you have kids, don’t forget to rake the leaves into large piles to dive into first!)

Aerate: By opening up pathways for water and nutrients to move into the root zone, you’ll have a thicker and more drought-tolerant lawn without having to apply more water.

Transplant: Do you have an area that you are looking to transform into a more water-wise landscape? If so, now’s the perfect time to make the move. If you or a neighbor have established plants, follow these simple steps to get your new garden off and running — for free!

Of course, you can always pay the kids in your neighborhood to do these chores for you and call it a wash. Either way, you’ll have a healthier landscape next spring while saving time, money and water.

3 thoughts on “5 DIY fall landscape tips that will save you money”

  1. I didn’t know that mowing your lawn later in the season can prevent mold from growing in the yard. I will have to make sure to do this and avoid mold in the grass. We sometimes will mulch the leaves. It seems to help the grass a lot because it can get nutrients from the mulch. That is something I always make sure to get for my lawn every year.

  2. With spring here I can tell that I did not prepare my lawn in the fall. It looks good, but not how I wanted it. So in the fall I’ll make sure that I prepare my lawn for the spring. I’ll be sure to aerate my lawn, mow it, and add mulch. This way my lawn can look amazing.

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