Chesterfield, MA 01012

Fall Yard Care to do Now

Fall is here! The days are shorter, the temperatures are cooler, and the leaves are changing a little every day. And since the Red Sox are done for the season, you have a little more time to keep your yard looking its best year round with some easy fall yard care tips.

Beautify with New Tress, Shrubs, and Annuals

Keep your yard looking beautiful by removing wilted summer annuals and replacing them with cool-weather varieties (make sure to fertilize the soil first). You’ll also want to stop fertilizing perennials. This will allow them to rest during winter and be healthier come spring. 

Planning to add or relocate trees or shrubs? Fall is a great time to do it. Cooler temperatures and occasional rainfall will help to encourage root growth before it gets too cold. Choose native plants for best results. 

Adjust Your Watering

As temperatures dip, plants and grass need less water. Reduce manual watering and make sure to keep an eye on automatic systems, adjusting them as needed.

Fall is also an excellent time to start practicing water conservation techniques. Set up a rain bucket, if you don’t already have one. 

Take Care of Your Lawn

Lawns can take quite a beating in Western Massachusetts in the summer, especially if your community, like mine, had water restriction rules in place. So, managing your lawn is an important part of fall yard care.

As the weather cools, lawn growth will slow. Make sure to continue mowing your lawn (adjust the mower blade as needed) until it becomes dormant. A good rule of thumb is no lower than 2 1/2 inches in the fall and winter months. 

Whether you're planting a new lawn or working on your existing lawn, it’s time to overseed with cool season turf grasses such as bluegrasses, bentgrasses, fescues, and ryegrasses. Remove thatch from your lawn. This can be done by hand or the easier way of renting an aerator or dethatcher. Doing so will encourage healthy root systems, plus aerating allows water to penetrate deeper, helping to avoid runoff. 

Clean Up Debris

Of course, a big part of fall yard care is cleaning up debris, including dead plants or leaves.

First, there’s no need to remove a few straggling leaves from your lawn. Just mow right over them, and they’ll help to fertilize your lawn.

For yards with more trees, consider starting a compost pile. Compost can be used as mulch, and using it in your yard helps save on your water bills, reduces the need to fertilize (which is better for the environment), and saves you time (no bagging leaves). Simply add your yard waste to a compost pile instead of throwing it out.


Pamela Sclafani is the Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont. She lives in the Pioneer Valley and enjoys everything it has to offer, gorgeous scenery, hills and mountains for hiking, lakes for paddle boarding, the change of seasons, and the close proximity to Boston and New York.

Chesterfield, MA Hits Top 10 List

A recent post ask the question "If you were to move to any Massachusetts community, where should you go?"  They analyzed and ranked each town's crime rate; including violent and property crime, the number of public transit options, the number of historical sites per resident, the percentage of acres that are "open space," and the number of grocery stores.

The town of Chesterfield ranked #3 on the list of Massachusetts communities to live in!

Here are a few places to see when you are in Chesterfield:  Bissbee Mill Museum, Chesterfield Gorge, and Highlands Community Initiative.  The town official website provides some great photos of a day gone buy and live in town today, check these out!

Here are a few properties Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS have listed for sale.  See more pictures and information by clicking on the photo or the link.

8 Antin Road, Chesterfield, MA

YEAR ROUND WATERFRONT LIVING! If you are looking for a waterfront home, whether for vacations or for year round living, this is one not to miss! Sitting on an oversized lot, this property has a lot to offer. Two bedrooms, large dining room, living room with fireplace, fully applianced kitchen, full bath, first floor laundry and three season porch. There is a nice detached one car garage with work area. New septic system, newer roof, nice yard and waterfront area.

72 Bray Road, Chesterfield, MA

This sweet waterfront year round lake house will charm you! Wake up to paradise right outside your window. Extensively renovated home includes new metal roof, windows, ceilings, flooring, insulation, furnace, electrical service, hot water heater, updated bath, all within the last 12 years apo. Freshly painted too, there is truly nothing to do here but move in. Live year round or sneak away on weekends. Realize your dream and enjoy l lake living!

432 Main Road, Chesterfield, MA

Chesterfield General Store

 Opportunity KNOCKS ! Here's a chance to own the ONLY store/restaurant in Chesterfield! A world of possibilities awaits! There has been an operating store in this spot for over 5 decades. Currently a combination Restaurant, Ice Cream, Deli, liquor, variety .The front part of the building has a deli and variety store. Restaurant and office are out back. Full Liquor license. 3800 sf of commercial space. Plenty of parking. Located right on route 143. High Visibility.