Leaf Vacuum and 5 Other Fall Projects

Dreaming of a leaf vacuum to help with your fall chores? Don’t let your lingering summer fever get in the way of fall cleanup. There is plenty to do to clean up your yard and garden and prepare your landscape for winter. Putting these projects off until the spring will only give you more of a mess to clean up. Start with a clean slate by tackling these six clean-up projects this fall.

Clean the Garden

Chances are at this point in the season, most of your garden is looking pretty brown. Don’t let old fruit and vegetables and dead plants hang around all winter. Instead, dedicate some time to a thorough garden cleaning, so you have a clean slate to start in the spring.

Cut Back Perennials

The majority of perennials should be cut back in the late fall, once the foliage has died. The theory is that cutting back perennials gives the plant less real estate to keep alive in the winter, when resources are tight. We won’t get into the floral details, but suffice it to say if you aren’t sure what the cut back or how far, we recommend doing some research.

Clean Up Leaves

Sure there’s always a good old fashion rake, but we have an even better solution for when the fall foliage moves from the trees to your yard. Regardless of how you do it, you have to clean those leaves up. Our favorite way to clean up leaves is using a leaf blower vacuum. Shop-Vac® has a wet dry vac with a detachable blower, but any Shop-Vac® wet dry vac with a blower port will be up for the job – just attach the hose to the blower port. Combine that with the gutter cleaning kit and you’ll have a leaf vacuum alternative that will cut your leaf clean up time in half.

Spread Winterized Fertilizer

Grass and plants need help getting enough nutrients during the winter months. Make it a little easier on them by spreading winterized fertilizer in the late fall. This fertilizer contains the nutrients your grass and plants need the most during the winter. Giving them a heavy dose before winter hits is a great way to ensure their health throughout the winter months.

Prepare Outdoor Furniture

Whether your outdoor furniture braves the cold outside under a cover, or is brought inside for the winter, fall is the perfect time to clean it off. Vacuuming all of the individual cushions, as well as the furniture is a great way to try to get rid of all of the dirt and dust that has collected throughout the spring and summer. Better yet, if you have a Shop-Vac® Blower Vac, you can save yourself from cleaning up that dirt from your vacuum tank and just blow it off outside.

Remove Ashes

When the evenings start to get a little too chilly for roasting marshmallows by the fire, it’s time to clean out your fire pit and charcoal grill. Ashes can be a mess to clean up. Fortunately, Shop-Vac® has an Ash Vacuum that can help get the job done. It’s important to note that you should only clean up cold ashes – we’re pretty confident we don’t need to elaborate on why trying to clean up hot ashes is a bad idea.

Yes, we know fall clean up can be a hassle, but with the right tools and some inspiration, you can tackle these projects quickly and efficiently. Then, you can hibernate in the winter with peace of mind, knowing you prepared your lawn and garden for the cold.