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Fall Lawn Maintenance

Brad and I finally got around to getting our yard and landscaping ready for fall. Since we don’t have a huge yard and tons of landscaping, this typically isn’t too labor intensive.

One thing I wanted to show was how I put my peonies to bed because I get a lot of questions about them.

Here’s what they looked like. While I deadhead them during the blooming period, after that I pretty much ignore them unless we have dry spells in the summer (so I’ll water them) but that wasn’t an issue this summer because we got plenty of rain.

getting peonies ready for winter

Just to show you, this is what they looked like when they were in bloom this past spring.

peony garden

light pink peonies

fuchsia peony

I know this looks bad but it’s normal. The roots are alive and well but the top of the plant has run its course.

dead peony

I always wait until after the first frost before I cut down our plants.

I use garden shears to trim them to about 4-6 inches above the ground. We clearly need to work on adding more mulch to our landscaping. That was nixed this summer when I was super pregnant and we were busy prepping for Owen. Mulching is definitely on the agenda for next spring.

fall lawn maintenance

Cutting down the peonies and my rose bush went super fast because Brad would hold each plant while I chopped it down. This whole process took maybe 5 minutes.

fall lawn maintenance

After putting all the plants to bed we broke out our RYOBI 40V Jet Fan Blower to take care of all the leaves that fell from our River Birch in our front yard. We really like this blower because it’s cordless and it has a variable speed trigger. It made leaf clean up easy and fast.

fall lawn maintenance

Now, time to batten down the hatches and prepare for winter. I’m crossing my fingers the Polar Vortex doesn’t make a reappearance.

As a RYOBI Outdoor brand ambassador, RYOBI provided me with the jet fan blower. As always, opinions are 100% mine.

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  1. Gorgeous Peonies! I always have to hold back Autumn tears when it comes time to prune the peonies. However, it’s wonderful to dream about the day they will return:) Yours are lovely. I usually wait to cut down the Roses though. I’m just wondering whether you know the name of those pink Peonies. I think mine are in the same family but I’ve never known their name.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Chelsea…

  2. Your peonies are beautiful. I love the variations in the colours. We don’t cut anything back here until the spring, in the hopes of helping it survive our horrible winters.

  3. I live in Utah I love peonies also! Im b having a terrible time each year with grasshoppers. They get very big here. They eat my peonies! Any advice to get rid of them? Even my local nursery advice hasn’t helped.

  4. Beautiful peonies. I just wanted to note that I’ve always been told to be careful putting peonies on the ground like that. I’ve think that peonies are really prone to fungus and to keep them healthy make sure the leaves don’t get left behind on the ground. Who knows, I could always be wrong about that. Lovely garden!

  5. Hi there. I have only just become aware of peonies and am interested in having them in my garden. My question to you is, what do you plant around that site when the peonies die down?

    I hope this thread is still open.

    Thanks in advance.

    New Zealand

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