You might not think fall is the best time to start thinking about lawn care because your grass will go dormant during winter. Fall is a great time to prepare your lawn for the spring. Cool and humid fall weather can help grassroots grow better than summer. Taking advantage of this growing season will pay huge dividends next year.
Here are eight steps to make your fall lawn look amazing next year.
- Keep mowing. The grass doesn’t stop growing once it has frozen over in winter. There’s no reason not to continue mowing through autumn. Keep cutting your grass at the same height until it stops growing. You’ll need winterize the mower after you have finished trimming your grass for the season. This includes sharpening and changing the oil and spark-plugs, inspecting and cleaning the air filter, and cleaning out the blades.
- Water when necessary. Autumn rainfall results in less evaporation and provides plenty of natural moisture to the grass, allowing it to grow. However, you need to keep track of how much water your grass gets with a rain gauge. Water your lawn every week if it’s not getting at least an inch of moisture.
- Mow your lawn often. Leafs that fall onto your lawn block out sunlight, which can cause plants to stop making food. The soggy moisture that leaves can hold can cause lawn fungi. Raking helps to remove any thatch. It is not possible to remove thatch with a leaf blower, vacuum, or other tools. Therefore, it is important to regularly use a traditional rake. You should begin raking as soon the leaves fall to ensure that these passageways are open. Even if the leaves are stopped falling, it is important to continue raking until they blow onto your property. You don’t have to do it every week.
- Now’s the time to start thinking about aeration. Last summer your lawn likely suffered from soil compaction or heat stress. These two issues are likely to be the cause of most, if not all, of the brown or thinned grass that you saw last season. An aeration is a process that removes soil plugs and allows for nutrients to flow to the root. This is because they are often unable to absorb nutrients under stress or compaction. The fall is the best time to aerate your lawn so it stays green and healthy through the year. The best equipment for this task is professional machinery.
- Use a nitrogen rich fertilizer. fertilize your lawn in the autumn to make it look better and healthier. This will feed your grass with enough nutrients to help it survive winter and make it stronger in spring. This is why fall is the most important time of the year to fertilize in order to have a healthy lawn . It is also important to fertilize your lawn soon afterward to ensure that nutrients penetrate deeper into the soil.
- To fill in the bare and burnt spots. We’ve already mentioned that lawns can lose a lot of their leaves in summertime. It’s important to reseed these areas with the correct grasses. It is important to remember that seeds that do not touch the soil won’t germinate.
- Also, it can be difficult covering a large area of grass. For a power seeds that will transform your yard, contact us. This is when seeds are actually sown into the ground.
- Follow up with lawn-pest control. Pests in your lawn can lead to serious problems when they start growing after the winter. You can prevent serious damage by addressing a lawn pest problem in the spring. You have two options: either you can use a pesticide or call us to help identify and eradicate lawn pests like grubs and army worms. Fall is a great time to get rid of many types of weeds. Weed control is also a good activity.
- Stick to a Tight Plan. These fall lawn care tasks must be done in a clockwise fashion. You shouldn’t fertilize or seed your lawn too close to winter. The soil won’t be able absorb nutrients. If it is still too hot, the process won’t be as effective. To make sure a healthy lawn season, you need to have a strict fall lawn-care schedule. Our lawn aeration and power seeding services can help you get your lawn in top shape when spring comes.