Greenfield, MA 01301

Fall Yard Care to do Now

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Fall is here! The days are shorter, the temperatures are cooler, and the leaves are changing a little every day. And since the Red Sox are done for the season, you have a little more time to keep your yard looking its best year round with some easy fall yard care tips.

Beautify with New Tress, Shrubs, and Annuals

Keep your yard looking beautiful by removing wilted summer annuals and replacing them with cool-weather varieties (make sure to fertilize the soil first). You’ll also want to stop fertilizing perennials. This will allow them to rest during winter and be healthier come spring. 

Planning to add or relocate trees or shrubs? Fall is a great time to do it. Cooler temperatures and occasional rainfall will help to encourage root growth before it gets too cold. Choose native plants for best results. 

Adjust Your Watering

As temperatures dip, plants and grass need less water. Reduce manual watering and make sure to keep an eye on automatic systems, adjusting them as needed.

Fall is also an excellent time to start practicing water conservation techniques. Set up a rain bucket, if you don’t already have one. 

Take Care of Your Lawn

Lawns can take quite a beating in Western Massachusetts in the summer, especially if your community, like mine, had water restriction rules in place. So, managing your lawn is an important part of fall yard care.

As the weather cools, lawn growth will slow. Make sure to continue mowing your lawn (adjust the mower blade as needed) until it becomes dormant. A good rule of thumb is no lower than 2 1/2 inches in the fall and winter months. 

Whether you're planting a new lawn or working on your existing lawn, it’s time to overseed with cool season turf grasses such as bluegrasses, bentgrasses, fescues, and ryegrasses. Remove thatch from your lawn. This can be done by hand or the easier way of renting an aerator or dethatcher. Doing so will encourage healthy root systems, plus aerating allows water to penetrate deeper, helping to avoid runoff. 

Clean Up Debris

Of course, a big part of fall yard care is cleaning up debris, including dead plants or leaves.

First, there’s no need to remove a few straggling leaves from your lawn. Just mow right over them, and they’ll help to fertilize your lawn.

For yards with more trees, consider starting a compost pile. Compost can be used as mulch, and using it in your yard helps save on your water bills, reduces the need to fertilize (which is better for the environment), and saves you time (no bagging leaves). Simply add your yard waste to a compost pile instead of throwing it out.


Pamela Sclafani is the Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont. She lives in the Pioneer Valley and enjoys everything it has to offer, gorgeous scenery, hills and mountains for hiking, lakes for paddle boarding, the change of seasons, and the close proximity to Boston and New York.

Franklin County MA-Weekend Events


Hawlemont School-10 School Street, Charlemont, MA

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 from 9am-3pm.

Plenty of parking, homemade soup and sandwiches for lunch, 39+ vendors, a Bake Sale, 6th Grade Tag Sale, Cookie Decorating Table, a visit from Santa Claus (from 10am-11am), and so much more.



Main Street, Greenfield, MA will be busy Saturday (12/1) opening the holiday season at 1pm with a visit from Santa Claus.  The streets will be busy with shopping, caroling and the town Holiday Tree will be lit at 4:30.  Head downtown for the local festivities!

Pioneer Valley Halloween Events

The Pioneer Valley is alive with an array of parties and activities for the whole family, starting this weekend and continuing through Halloween Night!

Spend a scarey evening in a local corn maze or join the Halloween Harvest Festival for family fun and great food.

Mike's Maze is Sunderland is open this weekend.  Check the website.

Hicks Farm Corn Maze in Charlemont is also open this weekend.  Check the website.

A Hallowe'en Harvest Festival will be at Camp KeeWanee in Greenfield this weekend.  This is a benefit festival with proceeds helping the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, The Food Bank of Western Mass, and others. For details on this family event check out the website.

On Sunday, October 28th, the Northampton Rec Department will hold a Monster Bash, great fun for the kids.  Check out details at their website.

On Halloween, Wednesday, October 31st, the Town of Greenfield will host a Rag Shag Parade and Costume Contest. To register for the contest and more details about the evening events, check out the website.

The town of Northampton will also host downtown Trick or Treating with over 40 businesses participating.  The website has more details.

This Halloween is shaping up to be great family fun, hope you all enjoy!





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