Lawn Care Tips for Fall
We have always had a love-hate relationship with ants. They are a nuisance to our homes; still, they are a constant reminder to store resources for times of need. The timeless principle of savings affects almost every living thing including lawn care. During the fall season, your lawn is hard at work storing moisture, nutrients, and energy for the winter months. By doing our part to encourage this natural process, we can use the mild conditions of autumn to create a lush lawn in spring. Here are our fall lawn care recommendations.
Consider Performing an Aeration
We first recommend performing a lawn aeration. An aeration removes the layer of dead grass and other debris that has compounded on top of the soil. By performing this service, your lawn will reap the maximum benefits from the following recommendations.
Keep on Mowing
While your grass is not growing as quickly as in the spring or summer, it’s not the time to put the lawn mower away. One of this season’s goals is to help your grass receive as much sunlight and moisture as possible. To achieve this, continue to mow but at a lower height. We have provided our mowing schedule in a previous post, which you can read here.
Dealing with Fallen Leaves
One sign of fall’s arrival is leaves falling to the ground. As most area homes don’t have mature trees, we recommend mulching the fallen leaves. As the leaves decompose, the soil will soak in the natural nutrients. For those homes with mature trees, raking and removing the leaves is preferred. Allowing a lot of leaves to stay will stop sunlight and moisture from reaching the grass and soil.
Prevent and Destroy Weeds
During the fall and winter, your grass is growing upwards at a slower rate than in the spring and summer. The root system, however, is expanding at a constant rate all year. Uncontrolled weed growth will stifle grass by stealing nutrients from the soil. Apply a pre-emergent to prevent weed growth. If you see weeds, use a post-emergent to target and eliminate that particular growth.
In summary, fall is the best time of year to prepare for a lush lawn next year. By mowing, fertilizing, controlling weeds, and seeding, your grass will have the nutrients needed to survive the winter. Lastly, consider contacting us to help with your fall lawn care. Our team of professionals can evaluate your situation and provide the proper applications to ensure your success.