It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing colors, the winds have a hint of winter in them, and it is finally starting to cool off. Fall is an excellent time for lawn care because it will help your grass prepare for the cold weather that will eventually be here.
With these tips, you can give your yard a healthy head start on the season so you don’t have to deal with any problems come springtime.
Mow your lawn to a height of 3 inches
The longer your grass is, the more difficult it will be for it to grow when winter comes. A shorter lawn means you will have fewer problems in the springtime because there isn’t as much dead foliage on top of your soil. Don’t mow over any tree roots because they could cause harm to them or damage your mower.
This will also allow your grass to dry faster which is important because wet leaves can clog up your lawnmower and make it harder for you to cut the grass next time around.
Add compost to the soil and fertilize with a slow-release fertilizer
This will give your lawn a good boost so it stays healthy through the winter. The compost will help improve the structure of your soil while also adding nutrients to it that are beneficial for grass growth. The fertilizer won’t be as harsh on your yard because slow-release formulas are typically easier on plants, especially during fall when they have less time to gather nutrients. This can help you avoid some of the problems that come with dry soil, like browning leaves and weak grass blades.
The compost will also improve how your soil absorbs water which is helpful for avoiding runoff during heavy rainfall periods in the springtime. It’s important to have healthy soils because they are what keeps everything together.
Keep trees trimmed so they don’t block sunlight from reaching your grass.
Leaves on trees can cause problems for your lawn because they will block out sunlight from reaching the grass. This is especially important during fall when there isn’t as much light, to begin with. If you have a few big oaks or maple trees in your yard, getting them trimmed up before winter starts might be a good idea so that their leaves don’t block out the sun.
If you need some help with trimming, be sure to check if your local utility companies offer this service for free or at a low cost because they will often do it as part of an annual tree-trimming program. This can save you money and time by doing all of the work yourself!
Apply weed-and-feed treatments every three months for continued growth and protection against weeds.
There’s a chance that a few weeds might pop up in your lawn during fall, but applying weed-and-feed treatments will help you avoid them from taking over. It works by feeding your grass with nutrients while also spraying on chemicals to kill any existing plants or seeds before they sprout up.
You should only apply this if you have a healthy lawn because it can burn the grass if you apply too much.
If your weeds are already showing up, then a weed killer will do the trick to get rid of them quickly and painlessly.
This fall lawn care guide should help ease any stress that comes with winterizing your yard so you can rest assured that everything is covered.
Take care of any other yard work, such as trimming bushes or cutting back perennials that have grown too large for their space.
Now that you’ve taken care of the yard, be sure to spend some time sprucing up other parts of your property like perennial beds and borders. Overgrown plants can make it difficult for grass to grow which is why getting them back in shape now will help you avoid having this problem come springtime.
If there’s anything else around your yard that you want to get rid of, now is the time because it will be much easier to remove them before winter starts. If there are still some leaves left in your lawn when everything starts getting covered with snow, then they’ll make cleaning up next spring a lot harder than necessary.
It can take some work and planning but having an immaculately pruned yard will give you the best results when it comes to having a healthy lawn that doesn’t have any problems come springtime.
Remove leaves from the lawn by raking them up in piles before you mow.
When summer rolls around again, you don’t want to have a ton of leaves leftover in your yard because they will make it harder for grass to grow.
Leaves are especially problematic during fall when lawns tend to slow down their growth cycle which makes them more susceptible to problems like browning and weak grass blades. If there’s too much shade from trees or bushes, then the grass underneath will grow slower and be more likely to die when it gets cold out.
This is why you should rake up all of your leaves before winter sets in so that they don’t have a chance to block the sunlight during fall months which can cause problems for the grass down the road.
It might take a little time, but it’s definitely worth getting rid of them so that your lawn is healthier and happier come springtime.
Raking leaves can also help you save money because mulch can be expensive to buy at the store when there are already free materials available in your yard! Using them as compost will give back nutrients for next year’s lawn.
Take care of any other yard work such as cutting back perennials and trimming bushes before winter starts taking over your property so you can avoid having to deal with them in the springtime.