Fall is here once again, and by this time you may already be experiencing occasional rains during afternoons and a bit colder temperature throughout the day. It’s also no surprise if you’re now enjoying watching the rustling of golden brown leaves as they are blown off their trees while sipping a cup of pumpkin spice latte.
But did you know that autumn is not only the coziest season of the year - it’s also the most ideal time take care of your lawn? Indeed, it is common for most homeowners to think less about their lawn during this season due to the grass growing slower. This is one of the mistakes that property owners do during fall and even on winter. However, it pays for you to give it some attention as early as now, as you will most likely be rewarded with a lush, green and healthy lawn in the coming spring.
Caring for your lawn this fall doesn’t require a lot of effort. In fact, you can do these anytime as you please. These tips include:
Continue with regular mowing.
Contrary to the common notion, the grass in autumn doesn’t grow slower. Physically it may seem to grow at shorter lengths compared to spring and summer, but this is because this is the time when grass is absorbing nutrients, energy, and moisture that it will use during winter.
You can help the grass in your lawn absorb more nutrients by continuing your regular mowing, but with the mower’s blade placed on its lowest setting. This will allow more sunlight to touch the crown of the grass, and as well there will be less leaf to turn brown when winter takes place.
When you lower the blade of during mowing, do not trim off more than one-third of the grass.
Time to aerate the soil.
For professional gardeners, autumn is considered to be the best time to aerate the lawn. This is mainly due to the fact that water, fertilizer, and oxygen reach the grass roots easier and faster. While aerating is not done regularly in home lawns and yards, you can then rent a gas-powered aerator to use on your area.
A self-propelled aerator quickly punches holes into the soil and get rid of plugs of dirt. Aerating likewise provides a wide range of benefits, such as better soil water uptake, improved air exchange in the soil, utilized fertilizer nutrients, and reduced water puddling and erosion.
If you happen to have a large lawn and don’t feel like doing the task on your own, then you may hire a landscaping contractor to aerate the land instead.
Rake the leaves!
If there’s one lawn chore that everyone tries to evade, that would be raking. But it is also the most essential part of lawn maintenance, and it’s a must that you start to remove the fallen leaves as soon as possible.
It is not recommended to wait for the leaves to have fallen from the trees before you rake, as the leaves will soon become wet from dew and rain. They will then stick together and become impenetrable, and suffocate the grass in the process. Unmoved leaves also serve as a breeding ground for fungal diseases, which are detrimental to the grass.
If you are not into raking, you may instead use a lawnmower that has a vacuum system installed. This is effective especially when you have a large yard as it speeds up the raking process. The goal here is to remove the leaves before they become soggy and difficult to clean up.
It’s time to fertilize the soil!
If you ask lawn experts, they’d tell you to fertilize your lawn during autumn, especially when you do this task only once a year. This is because grass leaves grow slowly as the weather becomes colder, but their roots tend to be much busier in this same period. Applying fertilizer during the fall gives essential nutrients for the grass to develop deeper roots and keep these nutrients stored properly until they become of use next spring.
You may want to wait until the middle of fall to apply a draw lawn fertilizer to all of your yard’s grassy areas. It is likewise important not to miss a spot. You may either use a crank-style broadcast spreader or a walk-behind drop spreader, depending on the size of your lawn. A drop spreader is often recommended by experts, though, as it applies a consistent layer of fertilizer on the soil.
Fix the bald spots on your lawn.
Autumn is also a good time for you to fill in the bare spots in your lawn. You can do this by using an all-in-one lawn repair mixture, which can be found in local garden shops. This mixture already contains grass seed, mulch, and a quick-starter lawn fertilizer. It is important to fix the bald spots during the fall as it not only helps the rest of the lawn soil intact once winter comes in, but more importantly it allows new grass to grow by springtime.
You can start filling the bald spots by scratching the loose soil using a rake, then spreading a thick layer of the lawn repair mixture. Compact the mixture and water thoroughly afterwards. Continue to water the repaired area every other day for the next two weeks.
Get rid of the weeds.
Lastly, you may want to spend time during the fall weeding out your lawn, as weeds are in their most active mode during this season. Like grass, weeds absorb energy faster in autumn, and this can also be detrimental to your lawn. Weeds have the greater tendency to eat the nutrients in the soil that are intended for grass, plus everything that comes their way.
You can prevent this by applying herbicide as early as possible so that the weeds won’t come back in spring. It is also important to read the label contents first before use, as most herbicide makers recommend applying weed killers during early to middle of fall, when temperatures are above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Take extra measures in caring for your lawn this springtime and you’ll reap the rewards by having a beautiful lawn. If you need professional help, Premier Lawn Care would be happy to assist you. We offer landscaping and various property maintenance services to help property owners with whatever they may need in maintaining their property. Contact us and let’s schedule an appointment for you.