The summer growing season is drawing to a rapid close. Though cutting the grass can be less frequent, caring for your lawn as autumn takes hold presents a special opportunity to add beauty to your home and neighborhood with these ideas to dress up your lawn and landscaping. Especially if you are planning to sell your home, it is critically important to consider these tips.

If you only fertilize annually, the cusp of fall is the best time. It’s also a great time to sow a new lawn with cool-season turf like perennial ryegrass, fescues and Kentucky Bluegrass. The Virginia Cooperative Extension of Virginia Tech has an excellent guide to fall lawn care that covers everything from testing your soil to pest control. 

Consider planting annual flowers now, such as asters, mums and Japanese anemones.  Be sure to keep them watered and prune dying flowers regularly. Only water if it hasn’t rained in a week. This is also an opportune time to plant new shrubs and trees.

If you have a rose garden, be sure to care for your roses bushes in the fall -- they will add to the beauty of the season. For the best results, remove the dead stems and prune the rest back by about a third. Add rose fertilizer and cover with clean mulch.             

If a fall harvest piques your interest, now is a good time to start planting that garden. With roughly two months of freeze-free days, waiting is not advised – planting now should provide ample time for crops to mature. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, turnips, mustard and arugula all grow wonderfully in later summer and early fall -- and they will help to prepare your soil for a spring garden.

Remember, your lawn and landscaping are the first thing potential buyers will see when they visit your home, so make sure that curbside view is an excellent one. For additional ideas on how to create a great first impression, contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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