Fall is one of the best times to enjoy your garden as you can start growing cool-season veggies and herbs without being bombarded by pests. Gardens signal fall’s arrival with trees shedding their leaves and the last of the harvest ready to pick.

Not sure where to start in your backyard cleaning? Read on to find the seven backyard cleaning tips you should know.

1. Removing Mold From Concrete

Not sure how to remove mold from the concrete patio?

The best way to clean concrete patio is by rinsing the concrete with a water hose to remove any dirt, leaves, or moss.

Mix 2 gallons of water with 1 cup of bleach in a 5-gallon bucket. Add three drops of dish soap and mix it with a wooden spoon.

Use the mixture to scrub the green mold off the concrete with a brush broom saturated in the mixture. Scrub thoroughly and let it soak into the concrete for 15 minutes.

2. Cleaning Your Patio Furniture

Whether you want to target deck furniture, simple decks and even a garage with a deck on top, use ammonia and white vinegar solution.

Use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the mixture made from a 1/4 ammonia, two tablespoons of white vinegar, and one quart of water onto your deck. After one hour, rinse with a garden hose and let the wood dry in the sun.

3. Clear Tall Grasses

If your garden overgrows with weeds, use a line trimmer to cut all the grass and small plants. If you don’t have one, it’s possible to rent one that uses gasoline or electricity.

4. Trim Shrubs and Overgrown Trees

First, cut away dead branches using pruning shears for smaller ones, loppers for a medium and a pruning saw for larger branches. You must also prune other spring-flowering shrubs and maple, birch and walnut trees.

5. Mow the Lawn

Take your lawnmower and sharpen the blades so they deliver a clean cut. Adjust the blade height so it can cut the grass to about 2.5 to 3 inches.

It’s important to maintain grass at this height to stop weed intrusion and promote the growth of healthy roots. You can even use the grass clippings as mulch for your veggies.

6. Get Rid of Weeds

First, use a weeder or hand pull any large weeds from the soil and discard it. Also, spread weed preventer in your garden beds according to instructions and lightly water in granular weed control. Yet avoid placing weed killer around edibles, hand pulls instead.

7. Remove Large Waste

Focus on taking large waste and debris first. Next, remove boulders, tree branches, and any litter. Aim to do a clean sweep from one end to the other and use a wheelbarrow to store the items.

Remember to make three piles: one for compost, one for recycling and the other for garbage. Pack them all into trash bags and keep them until your garbage collector comes.

Now You Know How to Do Your Backyard Cleaning

Like your home, you must carve out time to do backyard cleaning. The best time is to fall when your harvest is ready and sweep away any fallen leaves. It shouldn’t take much equipment or time to keep your backyard free from any debris. Happy cleaning!

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