The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of lawn care or taking proper care of your yard. Take these simple steps with your grass and you’ll have a head start on a healthy, happy lawn for next spring.
With your kids back in school and well into the autumn season, you’re probably not spending time thinking about your lawn. Having cooler temperatures in the fall is the ideal time to prepare your lawn for the next spring. Many homeowners think lawns need less care in the fall due to the fact that your grass grows slower. This is the time to prepare for your spring and help get you the healthier lawn you would like.
Fertilize the Lawn
Why is the fall the best time for fertilization and recommended by most experts? Because your grass grows much slower while the roots continue to grow quicker. By fertilizing your lawn in the fall this helps deliver essential nutrients to grow deeper roots and keep key nutrients on reserve for a healthy lawn come springtime.
If you have broadleaf weeds like dandelions, fall is the time to fight back. The weeds are in the same absorbing mode as your grass so now is the perfect time to feed them your weed killers. By applying an herbicide you will help to eliminate them now and in the spring.
Mowing the Lawn
Keep mowing your lawn as needed and as the cutting season is close to over, cut your grass to your mowers lowest setting for the last two cuts of the season. This allows more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass and you will notice less brown leaves over the winter. *Make sure not to trim off more than one-third of the grass blades at a time to keep your grass healthy.
Aerating the Soil
Aerating your lawn allows more oxygen, water, and fertilizer to reach your grass roots.
Rake the Leaves
Remove all those fallen leaves as soon as possible to help maintain the health of your grass blades. By not raking your leaves, you allow extra moisture to settle under the leaves and can start the growth of mold and fungus, affecting the health of your grass. If you don’t like to rake, you can mow and collect all the leaves in your grass catcher.