Create a Beautiful Lawn for Fall With These Walmart Finds

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October 07, 2021

We may still be feeling the summer heat, but October's return signals to gardeners that fall is officially here. Of course, gardening doesn't end after the last tomato is picked. Keep harvesting fruits and veggies into the cooler months by prepping your garden right now. And while you're planting your fall garden, get your lawn ready too by pruning, trimming, raking leaves, pulling weeds, fertilizing and more. Spending some time on your yard in the fall will help yield a beautiful, green lawn come spring. Read on to get our tips, and grab exactly what you'll need from Walmart to get the job done.

Clean Up Leaves + Plant Debris

Blow leaves into a single large pile to make raking easier. Removing leaves and other plant debris from your yard will help prevent bare spots and diseases during the winter. This is also the perfect time to weed, deadhead faded blooms, dig up non-hardy bulbs and remove tired annuals so you can replace them with new cold-tolerant plants.

Trim Dead Tree Branches

Fall is a great time to remove dead tree limbs that could fall under the weight of snow and ice in the winter. Prune any trees with low-hanging branches that are looking extra saggy. An extendable pole saw like this one can reach high into the trees. It's battery-powered, extends up to eight feet and features a push-button start for low-effort trimming.

Clean Up the Edges

Keep lawn and garden borders looking tidy through the fall and winter by edging around the driveway, sidewalk and mulch beds.

Prepare the Soil for Planting

Before you start planting, till the ground to loosen and aerate the soil. Tilling makes it easier to plant fall crops and allows rainwater to easily reach the roots. Plus, it makes quick work of weeding a small garden. This electric tiller-cultivator combo has a three-position wheel adjustment, collapsible handle and a powerful 12-amp motor that's quick to get the job done.

Fertilize the Lawn

Now’s the time to fertilize your lawn with a slow-release fertilizer. This will ensure a better-looking lawn come spring. This hand-powered spreader from Scotts is great for small yards and can be used to weed, feed, seed and even apply ice melt in the winter. The handheld device provides smooth and even coverage for up to 1,500 square feet of space.

Turn Those Leaves Into Mulch

Save your leaves and turn them into free, ready-to-spread mulch. We love this electric leaf shredder from Sun Joe because it instantly turns piles of dead leaves into nutrient-rich mulch, creating an ideal fertilizer that can be recycled and reused in your garden. Plus, it saves you from having to bag and transport piles of leaves!

Spread Mulch or Compost

Determine which areas in your lawn and garden could use some fresh soil and new plants, then add mulch where necessary. Once in place, use a bow rake to spread and even it all out. Make sure not to spread your mulch too thin or it will flatten out after the first rain. The slender tines on this one by True Temper make it easy to drag thick piles of mulch or compost into position.

Dig Planting Holes

Plant fall crops, like Brussels sprouts, broccoli and lettuce, by using the trowel to make furrows in the ground. Then, drop in seeds, bulbs or plant starters. A must-have for every gardener, trowels easily break through tough dirt and clay. This one's cast-aluminum head resists rust and won't snap off, no matter how tough your soil is.

Add Color With Annuals

For a splash of color throughout the season, plant cold-tolerant annuals like mums, pansies, flowering kale, snapdragon and calendula. These hardy beauties can be placed in containers or right in the ground.

Store Tools in a Shed

Finally, make sure to store your tools properly to prevent rust and breakage. A sturdy storage chest like this one will protect tools from harsh weather. You can also stow away seasonal summer items, like citronella candles and outdoor cushions — they'll be there waiting for you when warm, sunny days return.

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