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Fall Yard and Garden Preparation Tips for Your Cottage

Published Oct 25 2019 in Cottage Garden, Cottage Living, Fall, Gardening

Growing up on a rural property, the changes of the seasons were a part of life and I quickly came to anticipate them with excitement. I still feel that magic as an adult and especially enjoy the dramatic changes that come with spring and fall in particular!  

With fall’s arrival, we’re now in the transition from the abundance of summer to the dormancy of winter. There are still leaves on the trees but they’re changing colors and beginning to drop. The fewer hours of daylight signal that nature is preparing for its rest and then begin again next year. 

Since I spent some time recently reading about how to prepare my cottage’s yard and garden for the change in season, I thought you might find some of the tips I ran across helpful too!

What to do with all those leaves?

So the really big takeaway is that it’s not necessary to rake the leaves in your yard. (I wish I could insert the mind-blown emoji here!)

From The Spruce:

“Simply mowing the leaves is the easiest solution, as it involves no raking whatsoever. There really is no scientific reason to rake all the leaves off the lawn. If you run over them with a mower, they'll break down over the winter, providing your soil with nutrients and shading the soil, which results in fewer lawn weeds to worry about next year. If you do this once a week until the leaves have finished falling, you won't have to rake a single leaf, and your lawn will look better for it next spring and summer.”

If you typically rake your yard (like me!) save yourself that time and trouble this year!  

Garden Housekeeping

Next, Empress of Dirt offers a thorough checklist of yard- and garden-care tasks to consider.  Not all of the tasks may apply to your yard, not should you feel compelled to do all of them. 

Topics covered include prepping beds and soil, bulbs, perennials, annuals, mulching, maintenance of outdoor furniture and features, and more.  

I appreciate how she lays out priorities in the list and ideal timeframes for doing certain tasks. 

For our feathered friends

After paying more attention to supporting pollinators in my garden during the warm months, this year I plant to provide supplemental food for the birds.  When the trees are bare and they skies are grey, I appreciate seeing the activity of the backyard birds and I want to help them get through the winter. 

Bird Watchers Digest’s article on the Top 10 Foods for Winter Bird Feeding will be my guide!

There’s insight on how to select better quality bird feed and properly dispense various seed types. 

I learned many birds not only love shelled peanuts and cracked corn but these are high-energy foods that sustain them through the cold months. 

And did you ever consider setting out fresh fruit for the birds? I didn’t but now I’ll be sure to pick up extra apples and bananas to share with them now.

I hope these articles are helpful in some way to you this fall. Please share any special preparations you do in the comments below!

Take care and Happy Fall,


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