Preparing Your Backyard for Fall - Denver Lifestyle and Real Estate by Libby Levinson

Preparing Your Backyard for Fall

Preparing Your Backyard for Fall

Fall is Fast Approaching, Which Means It’s Time to Get Your Yard Prepared For Colder Weather!

As much as I love summer, the little hints of fall I’ve been seeing around the city are getting me excited for the next season! The changing leaves, cooler weather, and of course, PSL are my favorite parts of the transitioning season. However, with cold weather comes the end of the growing season for many. I’ve been preparing my yard for fall’s potential damage…and wanted to share some of my yard up-keeping tricks with you!

Assess the Damage

Reviewing the results of your spring and summer work is the perfect way to plan for next year. Walk around your garden and track the successes of each plant. If there were failures, make sure to take note of that too! Realistically, you’ll have been so successful that some of your plants will have outgrown their space. It’s time to plan ahead!


Adding mulch is a crucial component to saving your lawn for next Spring. Adding mulch helps with soil amendment and will help new plants thrive next growing season.

Check for Disease

Are there any plants that have holes, brown spots, or appear to be rotting? Check the overall health of your plants for disease and damage.

Cool Weather Flowers

Most of your summer plants are not equipped to handle temperature drops. Replace your warm weather plants/flowers with garden beds, window boxes, and cool-weather flowers.

Add Compost

Composting is a great thing to do for a multitude of reasons, and conveniently, it helps prepare your soil for next year’s growing season! Adding compost and peat moss to your soil helps replace nutrients that were lost or will be lost in freezing temperatures.

Prepare Your Lawn

Sow cool-season grasses like rye and fescue. This will help your grass germinate and develop a strong root system before cold temperatures arrive in the Mile High City. Your grass will be thanking you! It’s also the right time to fertilize…

Remove Annuals

Remove any annuals from your garden. You’ll be able to save the seeds from this year’s annuals to plant for next year. For flower boxes, remove the annuals you have and plant cool weather flowers to add color and vibrancy to your space.

I hope you enjoyed my tips and tricks for getting your yard ready for freezing temperatures! You still have plenty of time to prepare for the cold weather drops.

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Libby Levinson is a born and raised Denver native who has spent time in all of Denver’s historic neighborhoods as well as the numerous suburbs surrounding the metro area. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of Denver and her love for the Mile High City with her clients. Libby proudly joined Kentwood Real Estate in 2006. Libby has had the pleasure of helping a variety of clients navigate their real estate transactions: helping first time buyers find their starter home, coordinating the synchronized sale and purchase for buyers looking for more space, sellers looking to down-size, and assisting sophisticated investors with their next investment opportunity. Libby is known for her ability to smoothly facilitate the complex details of both the buying and selling process. You can see Libby featured in 5280 Magazine and the 2017 Kentwood television commercial on her website at