THE FALL SEASON IS UPON US AND WINTER IS QUICKLY APPROACHING!
START PREPARING LAWN FOR WINTER
Autumn, with its cooler temperatures and occasional rainfall, is the ideal time to prepare your lawn for next spring.
Many homeowners think lawns need less care in the fall because the grass grows more slowly. In fact, just the opposite is true. During this time of year, grass is busily absorbing energy, moisture, and nutrients in preparation for a long, dormant winter.
Give it a little attention now, and you'll be rewarded with a lush, healthy spring lawn.
KEEP WATERING YOUR LAWN!
With cooler temperatures, you won’t need to water as much, but you still need to water--2-3 times per week (.5” to 1”) depending upon weather conditions. Water in the morning around 6:00 am. If you have blown out your irrigation system and the weather is mild and dry, use a hose and sprinkler.
CONTINUE TO MOW YOUR LAWN, as needed, throughout the fall. As the season draws to a close, gradually drop the mower's blade to its lowest setting for the last two cuttings of the year. As you lower the blade, remember not to trim off more than one-third of the grass blades at any one time. Shortening the cutting height will allow more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass. There will be less leaf to turn brown during the winter and less leaf to be matted down by snow. Matted grass can cause issues and death!!
RAKING LEAVES WEEKLY is no one's idea of fun, but it's important to remove fallen leaves from your lawn as soon as possible. Don't wait until all the leaves have fallen from the trees to start raking. Fallen leaves become wet from rain and morning dew, stick together, and form an impenetrable mat that can suffocate the grass and breed fungal diseases. An alternative to raking leaves is to use a lawnmower fitted with a collection bag or vacuum system.
AERATE THE SOIL Not just a Spring thing! Fall is an ideal time to aerate your lawn so that oxygen, water, and fertilizer can easily each the grass' roots. You can rent a gas-powered, walk-behind lawn aerator. The self-propelled machine will quickly punch holes into the soil and extract plugs of dirt. You can also simply hire a landscaping contractor.