Fall Lawn Care Tips and Projects You Shouldn't Skip

When it comes to your lawn, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is neglecting to maintain it in the fall. This time is needed to repair any damage caused by summer conditions and replace needed nutrients back into the soil. This will also help your lawn return to its original state so it can have the strength it needs to take on winter and still be healthy come spring.

To help you make sure your yard receives the proper care it needs, consider these fall lawn care tips and projects you shouldn't skip.

  • Water - Summer may be over but your lawn still needs to receive about one inch of water per week until the first frost to keep soil and grass roots healthy. Not adopting a regular watering routine can damage your lawn and encourage weeds.
     
  • Compost - Contrary to what some believe, you can still compost during the cooler seasons since this will create rich soil you can use in the garden next spring. Keep in mind, some adjustments - like adding additional insulation to your pile or chopping scraps into smaller pieces to help with the decomposition process - may be needed during this time frame.
     
  • Weed prevention - Weeds use the fall and winter to germinate and establish strong roots, which make them tough to remove during the growing season. This is why it is important to inspect your lawn for weeds and remove them once identified.
     
  • Remove large objects - Large limbs and fallen trees throughout your yard can lead to soil compaction and inhibit the health and growth of grass over time. One of the easiest ways to prevent this from occurring is by using a log splitter like the TB 27 LS Hydraulic Log Splitter to break down and remove these objects from your lawn. Once you are done splitting wood, store logs in an environment free of moisture so you can repurpose them for other projects - like building a bench, or as firewood during the colder months.
     
  • Equipment maintenance - Examine your outdoor power equipment for broken pieces and tighten loose screws or bolts to help prolong their life. Addressing these issues now will help you determine if you need to repair or replace equipment. When maintaining equipment, always be sure tools are completely turned off to prevent injury.
     
  • Aerate and fertilize - If your yard shows signs of soil compaction, it's best to aerate it in late September or early October because this can inhibit the growth and health of your lawn. Aerating also creates a path for water and fertilizer to easily reach soil and grass roots so they can receive needed nutrients.