The keys to a healthy yard start with preparing for fall


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CLAY COUNTY – Fall is a great time to spend in your family backyard. It’s also the best time of year to prepare our living landscape for another favorite season: spring.

Here’s what you need to do now to have a fabulous, TurfMutt-approved home garden this fall and beyond.

Leaf mulch: Mulching your leaves rather than raking and bagging is good for your lawn and the environment. As the shredded leaves decompose, they naturally nourish your lawn.

Aerate the family lawn: Aeration keeps the soil from compacting and becoming covered in thatch – a thick layer of roots, stems and debris that prevents water, oxygen and nutrients from reaching the soil.

Mow at the right height: Keep mowing your lawn until the first hard frosts. Find the ideal length for your species, usually between 2 and 3 inches, to keep your grass healthy in cold weather.

Water wisely: If you’re not getting at least an inch of water a week from Mother Nature, you’ll want to keep watering all fall. Install watering solutions, such as smart controllers on irrigation systems, to help conserve water. For more information, visit


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