With winter approaching, fall may not seem like an ideal time to maintain your lawn. However, autumn is an excellent time to prepare your lawn for next spring. Fall, with its cool temperatures and moist weather, offers an avenue for grassroots to develop better than in summer.
If you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity, here are five important lawn maintenance tips for the fall.
A yard full of colorful autumn leaves may look beautiful, but they block sunlight and can trap in moisture. Also, the leaves can get wet from rain or dew and stick together, breeding fungal diseases. If you want a healthy yard, use a leaf blower or a rake to take out the leaves as they start to fall. If you have any build-up thatch, fall is also an excellent time to take them out.
Feed Your Lawn
The best time to fertilize for a healthy and better lawn, especially if you have cool-season grasses, is during fall. Fertilizing helps your grass to grow deep roots during the cool weather. It also leaves your lawn with enough nutrients to go through the winter and helps it bounce back by next spring. You should also water your yard if the soil isn’t getting enough moisture.
If you’re fertilizing, it’s a good idea first to aerate, to revive your soil from summer’s compaction and heat stress. Aeration allows easy passage of air, water, and fertilizer into the ground. If you have a large yard, digging holes into the soil may be tasking, and it’s best to hire a professional to handle your aeration.
Spruce Up Your Lawn
Grass doesn’t stop growing until winter, and it’s vital to mow often, to keep your lawn looking good. Leaving your grass to grow may cause it to mat and create fungi.However, you may need to lower your mower’s height, as cutting the grass too low may leave the roots unable to withstand winter’s cold.
Cutting warm-season grasses between 1½ and 2 inches and cool-season grasses to 2½ inches is beneficial. Make your freshly cut lawn even more attractive and use shears to create a neat manicured look around the edges.
Mulch Your Leaves
Also, to shred the leaves into small pieces, you can use a mulching mower instead of raking. The leaves can act as an organic fertilizer to feed your lawn during winter.
Check the Gutters
Gutters and even downspouts can easily clog from autumn’s fallen leaves. You’ll need to clean out the debrisif you want a proper operation of the system.
Fall is the perfect opportunity to keep your lawn looking beautiful and healthy. If you’re too busy to handle your lawn maintenance, consider hiring experts who can do the job.