5 Pro Tips on Prepping Your Lawn for The Fall
As the weather beings to turn and the leaves begin to change colors, you might think that your gardening and lawn care tasks are done for the year. Well, it’s not quite time to kick your feet up just yet. If you want your lawn to be healthy next spring, then now is the time for action. In fact, your lawn has a mind of its own. And just like you, it knows that winter is coming! So, as fall kicks into gear, it goes into prep mode and starts soaking in moisture and nutrients to get ready for the long, cold months ahead. Think of it like a bear getting ready for hibernation. Load it up with everything it needs now and when winter ends, it will be healthy and strong for a beautiful summer.
1. Give It Some Air
Aerating is one of the most important steps of prepping your lawn for the fall. Remember, you want to make sure that all the stuff it needs – oxygen, water and nutrients – can reach the roots of the grass. The best way to do this is to punch small holes all over your lawn, removing plugs of dirt as you go. For very small yards, you may be able to do it by hand. But for most, this would take a very long time. For quicker work, you can either rent a lawn aerator or hire professional landscapers. Our sister company, G. Norwood Landscape are experts at lawn aeration, so we recommend giving them a call to make sure it’s done correctly.
2. Mow On
Even as we enter fall, you should keep mowing and watering your grass as you have all summer. Then, when it comes to the last two times you’ll be cutting the grass before winter, switch your lawn mower to the lowest setting to cut your grass quite short. Doing this helps more sun penetrate and means less grass going brown during the winter.
3. Rake’n Roll
It’s probably not your favorite chore, but it is important to keep leaves off your lawn throughout the fall. And no, you shouldn’t wait until all the trees are bare. If you do, the leaves will become wet and stick together, creating a thick mat that’s impossible to penetrate. Your grass will be suffocated, and fungal diseases will flourish.
4. Fertilize & Fill
Most people mistakenly think that the spring is the best time to fertilize their lawns. Actually, the best time is the fall because it helps grass develop deep roots that soak up the nutrients it will hold onto until it needs them to grow healthy next spring. While you’re at it, go ahead and fill in any spots that went a little bald over the course of the summer. It’s best to do this at least a couple of weeks before the chilly temps set in.
5. Weed Patrol
Just like your lawn, which is loading up for the winter hibernation, your not-so-friendly weeds will heartily soak up any weed killer you use in the fall. If you treat weeds now, they’ll be far less likely to rear their ugly heads in the spring. Just be sure to do this in early to mid-autumn when the average daytime temperature is consistently 60 or above. If all of this sounds like a lot of work, just try to focus on how nice it will be to have a lush, green lawn that will be the envy of all your neighbors next summer. And if you can’t get to all the required tasks, get in touch with G. Norwood Landscaping. They’ll make life easy by taking care of your fall lawn needs while you relax and sip on apple cider.