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With Fall coming upon us we will want to make the transition to beautifying the lawn for the cooler months. Shorter and cooler days should not deter us from working in the yard and the garden. Quite the opposite, there are plenty of ideas for things to keep us in the lawn and garden for Fall.

Fill bald spots: Starting on a practical note, Fall is the perfect time to fill in and re-seed bald spots in the lawn. Most lawn and garden stores sell what is called a lawn repair mixture which contains seed and fertilizer to lay the bald areas for re-growth in the Spring.

Edge beds: Putting in beds around the edges are a fantastic way of adding dimensions to the yard for Fall. Planting hearty herbs which will hold up to colder weather is fairly easy. Mint, parley, rosemary, and lavender will all hold up in the colder months of Fall and into Winter.

Add Texture to Shady Spots: Using shade loving plants you can add texture and even color to the shady areas of the yard and garden. Ferns and “Patriot” hostas will thrive in the low sunlight and add depth to the lawn and garden. These plants are low maintenance and require little attention beyond planting.

Plant perennials: While the Fall foliage will happen all on its own, why not add your own in your yard. Smokebush, witch hazel and small ornamental maples will provide you with your own contribution to the spectacular color changes of Fall.

There is plenty left to do in the garden and yard as Fall approaches. In fact, this is one of the best times of the year to get out into the grass and the beds and create the ideal space for Fall.