Fall Lawn Care – 7 Tips from Landscaping Professionals
Want a lush, healthy green lawn in the springtime? Sure, we all do.
But if you’re serious about it, then the work starts now.
Just like with most things in the garden (and life), it’s all about preparation and planning. Though your lovely lawn will be covered in a thick blanket of snow in a few months, there are plenty of smart things you can do now to nurture the ground below, ensuring soft green grass next spring.
Fall leaves sure do add a touch of classic, New England autumn beauty to your yard. But they don’t do your lawn any favors. Above all, the turf needs light and air. So, imagine what happens when the whole thing is covered in a layer of wet, mushy leaves.
So, don’t wait until every last leaf has fallen. Instead, rake regularly in order to let your lawn get what it needs. Plus, it’s a lot easier to rake when the leaves are loose and sparse. If you’ve ever tried making headway on a season’s worth of leaves fused together, you know it’s next to impossible.
As much as you might want to stash your mower in your shed or basement at the first sign of fall, you’ve got to keep on mowing. It’s important to continue regular mowing up until the first frost. Yes, your neighbors might look at you like you’re crazy as you mow with a coat and hat on, but you’ll know you’re doing the right thing.
Keep grass at a 2.5 to 3-inch height – short enough to prevent matting and vulnerability to fungi and long enough to keep a healthy root system intact.
It rains a lot in the fall, so you don’t need to water your lawn, right? Not necessarily. Your lawn still needs at least one inch of water a week to stay healthy. So, between now and the end of October you may want to keep a rain gauge in your hard and turn on the sprinklers or hose when you see that it’s been a rain-light week.
Think of your lawn just as you think of any other plant in your garden – it needs air, light and water to thrive. But over time, grass gets compacted and a thick layer of thatch can develop, which blocks the good stuff from reaching the soil. Every year or two, it’s helpful to aerate your lawn by punching holes and pulling up plugs of soil to create holes for nutrients and fertilizer to get down to where it needs to be.
It’s kind of a pain to do this all over a large yard, so consider hiring professional landscapers for this part. They’ll use a special aerating machine to get the job done effectively and efficiently while you work on your warm cider recipe.
After aerating is the perfect time to feed your lawn some nutrient-rich fertilizer. It will help prevent the roots from freezing during the winter and provide extra energy for growth in the spring. Think of it like giving hibernating animals food before they go into hibernation.
You may be surprised to learn that the best time to overseed your lawn is in the fall. It will help you have a patch-free, dense lawn that is more resistant to weeds. This may also be a good task for a pro since it’s challenging to get the seed spread evenly and pushed in far enough to take hold and germinate successfully.
It’s critical to do each one of these tasks at the right time or you risk turning your good work against your lawn. For example, if you wait too long to overseed then they won’t become strong enough to survive the winter. Or you may fertilize too early in the season and grow new grass that gets destroyed by the cold.
If you don’t think that you can stick to the right schedule for your fall lawncare, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the pros at G. Norwood Landscaping. They know exactly when each step needs to be done to get the best results for the spring lawn of your dreams.