The cooler season (Fall) is here and winter is just around the corner. This is an important season for your lawn as it’s now preparing itself by ceasing growth and stockpiling nutrients and sugars for the harsh winter months ahead. Below are some fall lawn care tips that we highly recommend.
As it cools, your lawn slows it’s growth and the roots begin storing nutrients in the soil. A good lawn fertilizer will be less in nitrogen (not feeding top growth) and higher in nutrients necessary to feed the root system. These nutrients keep the grass healthy, strong, and disease resistant throughout the winter. Fall fertilization also determines the health of your lawn next year.
This is a process of pulling plugs out of your lawn’s soil to break up the compaction and remove thatch. Some of the benefits of aerating your lawn are::
- breaks up soil compaction
- opens soil for improved sunlight and nutrient access
- encourages root growth
Aerating and Fertilizing your lawn in the fall is one of the best ways to improve next year’s lawn. Increased root growth and healthier turf will enable your lawn to fight off and crowd-out weed growth. Healthy roots translate to a healthier lawn.
Mowing your Lawn for Winter
The blades of grass in your lawn, if left too long, will bend over themselves with the weight of snow and trap moisture which can lead to fungal disease such as snow mold. But, we can avoid this problem by mowing longer and a little tighter.
When the weather turns you’ll notice your lawn slows it’s top-growth, this is when you want to drop the mower deck down 1/2 inch or a notch. You’ll want to continue mowing your lawn at that height for a couple weeks after you see no visible growth. The very last mow of the season, lower your blade another notch for that final cut.
General Clean up of Your Lawn
To ensure a healthy lawn next spring and summer we recommend raking your lawn as you can and breaking up any large debris and thatch on the soil. Also, any leaves left sitting on the lawn can damage or kill those areas. Be sure to get them all cleared off the lawn.
Seed the Bare Spots
If you have any bare spots on your lawn, rake vigorously in that area and put down some grass seed. The fall is a great time to spread seed because the seeds will have a chance to germinate without competing with weed growth.
Thorough preparation and winterization of your lawn for the harsh winter months ahead is the best recipe for a healthy lawn next year. Happy lawn caring!