Preparing Your Yard for Thanksgiving

November 14, 2022

By Jack

Hosting company for Thanksgiving? With all the busyness and preparations surrounding the holiday, you don’t want to have to spend a lot of time working in your yard. Here are a few simple steps you can take to prepare your yard for thanksgiving, as well as the presentation of your home.

Remove Leaves and Mow

Not only will removing leaves make your yard look better, it will also keep it healthier. A thick layer of leaves can actually damage or kill your grass. And though you need to mow less in the colder months, a final mow before Thanksgiving can make your grass look even and your yard look sharp.

 Mulch Your Flower Beds

A layer of mulch around your flower beds will give them a fresh, well-kept look. The mulch will accentuate the colors of any late blooming plants, and provide an attractive backdrop. In addition, mulching will help protect the roots of your plants, while maintaining moisture, and even help with weed prevention.

Trim and Prune

Trimming and pruning your plants is safe during the colder winter months when threats such as disease and insects are not nearly as active. A good rule of thumb is to remove approximately one third of the length of your branches. This will trim up your plant without putting stress on it. It is important to be aware that some perennials have buds even in the colder season, so it is a good idea to research the type of plant you are cutting back to make sure you will get full blooms in the coming year.

 Use Nature to Decorate

Many DIY fall decorations can be made with natural elements found outside. From holly to lavender to acorns and pumpkins, autumn brings an abundance of beautiful natural decor. This can be a fun activity to involve the whole family in. Children can help search for natural  items such as pinecones or beautiful leaves to be used in seasonal displays.

Keep it Simple

Thanksgiving preparations don’t need to take a lot of time or money. Simple touches go a long way. Examples include adding colorful mums to your porch, hanging a festive, fresh wreath on your door, setting out pumpkins and gourds, hanging festive lights, or placing a fun scarecrow and some hay bales in the yard.

Consider Pressure Washing

Though pressure washing is not a yard project, it can help your yard stand out, when your home’s exterior looks its best. Over time, our homes collect pollen, dirt, algae, and dust. Before we know it, our house can take on a dingy, graying look. Pressure washing can clean these elements and give your home a clean, fresh, polished look, sure to draw attention to the surrounding lawn.

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

The same way pressure washing can help make your house and yard pop, a fresh coat of paint on exterior accent pieces will do the same. One example is painting your front door, the “centerpiece” and focal point of your home. In addition, painting any accent pieces can make a big difference. Benches, railings, and steps can be easily painted to bring a refreshed feel to your home.

If you need assistance in preparing your lawn for Thanksgiving, Jack’s Lawn Care & Landscaping offers all the services you need. From yard cleanup to winter preparations, we are here to help take the hassle out of lawn care.

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