The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of lawn care. As the days get shorter and the temperatures get colder it becomes time to implement some fall lawn secrets to prepare your lawn for the upcoming winter. By correctly preparing your lawn for winter spring lawn maintenance will be a breeze.
No. 1: Mow mow mow your lawn
Continue mowing and watering your lawn as usual throughout the fall. As you near the end of the season drop the blade down to it’s lowest setting for the last two cuttings of the year. This will allow for more sunlight to reach the grass and will prevent as much of the grass from turning brown.
No. 2: Aerate your lawn
Fall is a great time to aerate your lawn so that oxygen, water, and fertilizer can easily reach the grass roots. The self-propelled machine will quirky punch holes into the soil and extract plugs of dirt. You can rent gas-powered, walk behind lawn aerator for about $70 at places like Home Depot.
No. 3: Rake the leaves
Don’t wait until all the leaves have fallen to start raking. If you do wait the leaves will become wet from rain and morning dew, stick together, and form a mat of leaves that will be impossible to break through. This will suffocate the grass and breed mold and fungus.
No. 4: Fertilize
If you only fertilize your lawn once a year, do it in the fall. The grass stalks grow much more slowly when the weather gets cool, but the roots and rhizomes grow more quickly. (Rhizomes are the horizontal plant stems that lie just beneath the soil’s surface; they produce the blades of grass above and the roots below.) By applying fertilizer in the fall it delivers essential nutrients for the grass to grow deep roots immediately and keep nutrients on reserve for a healthy start the following spring.
No. 5: Fill in bald spots
Fall is the best time to fix the bare spots in your lawn. Use a garden rake to scratch loose the soil at the bald spot in your lawn. Spread a lawn repair mixture over the area. Lawn repair mixture can be found at you local Home Depot or Lowes. Lightly compact the mixture, then water thoroughly and continue to water every other day for 2 weeks.
No. 6: Fight the weeds
Weeds, like most plants, are in energy-absorbing mode during the fall. They drink in everything that comes their way…including weed killers. Apply an herbicide now and the weeds won’t be back in the spring.
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