Fall Lawn Care
As the leaves start to fall and the list of outdoor chores grows, don't let the demands of fall lawn care distract you from your lawn. Take advantage of the cooler fall weather, repair the damages of summer and prepare a healthy lawn to face the harsher winter months ahead.
- Even as rain levels return to normal, make sure your grass is still receiving plenty of water. Measure the rainfall and make sure your lawn is getting at least an inch of rain each week.
- Continue to mow as long as your grass is growing. Make sure your mower blades are sharp and return your mower deck to a normal mowing height, around 2 to 2 ½ inches. Cutting the grass a little shorter will prevent it from matting under fallen leaves and snow.
- Try a winterizer fertilizer to encourage strong, rigorous root development and improved soil structure for a healthy-looking lawn in the spring. Bags of fertilizer will provide the recommended application rate. Apply fertilizer with a spreader for even distribution.
- Aerating your lawn in the fall can relieve grass compaction caused by summer traffic. Aerating in September leaves plenty of time for your lawn to recover before winter hits.
- After aerating your lawn, apply a top dressing to encourage denser grass growth and improve the quality of your soil. Spread a thin layer of top dressing over the grass and work it into the ground by raking it in.
- Fall is also a great time to start a new lawn, and you might need one after a rough, dry summer. The cooler temperatures and even mix of sun and rain help to germinate new seeds without the competition of crab grass and other weeds. Be sure to water your new lawn daily during the first few weeks.
Extra time and effort in the yard this fall will be rewarded with a green, healthy lawn come spring.