The days are starting to get shorter and in no time at all the snow will be flying. These nice weekends are great for fall prep work. It’s great to do these chores while it still feels good to be outdoors. Take the extra time to prepare your landscape, especially if you are thinking about selling your home in the spring. Fall is the time to plant bulbs that will bloom and provide your garden with spectacular, alluring color in the spring. A little prep can go a long way.

Divide and Conquer

Outdoor chores are great for family activities. It is a great way to get your kids hands-on and learning about plants, trees, and how to prepare for winter. You may not want to send them up the ladder to clean out the gutters but they can help rake leaves, pick up sticks, and help identify perennial plants that can be divided and replanted. This is also a good time to make adjustments to the garden, landscape, and to plan what you want things to look like in the spring.

Fall Bulbs

Once you have the gardens cleaned out and cut back it is time to plant fall bulbs. Fall bulbs are great because once they are in, all you have to do is wait until spring and they start to bloom. Here are three suggestions for great fall bulbs that bloom in the spring. Alliums, which are deep purple and require little to no maintenance. They can grow around 4 feet tall and are great for most areas of the garden. Another bulb to try is daffodils. These are iconic spring flowers across the country. Not only do they come in brilliant yellow but also varying colors and sizes.

The last recommendation, and it is so hard to just pick three bulbs to share, are Dutch Iris. These can come in colors of blue, maroon, violet, white, and yellow. They need well-draining soil but are relatively easy to grow. They provide beautiful flowers that can be used in floral arrangements and can be layered with daffodils.

Trim and Protect

Give the lawn one final mow, wash any wood surfaces to help protect from mold. Protect any cold-sensitive plants that you may have growing. Trim back limbs and stalks in the garden. Make everything neat and tidy. If you plan on putting your house on the market, fall is a good time as any, or prepare for spring. Whatever you are choosing to do, get ready, winter is coming.