Since fall is almost here, temperatures are getting ready to drop and the leaves will soon start changing color. While this may bring up conversations about football season and pumpkin picking, lawn care is another important aspect of the season. Because grass doesn’t grow too quickly during fall, you may suspect that you won’t need to tend to your yard as often during this time. This is not the case. There are many things you have to do to get your yard ready for fall.
Just because the weather is cooling down, that doesn’t mean you can skimp on mowing your yard. You need to keep mowing your grass until you start noticing that your lawn isn’t growing as quickly anymore.
Lower your mower blade gradually over time so that you can maximize the amount of sunlight that can get to your blades. Also, you want to keep your lawn hydrated, so water it as necessary. Leaf raking is also advised at this time since leaves will be falling more steadily as we get deeper into the autumn season.
Aerate and Mulch
Fall is the best time to get your lawn aerated and mulched. Aerating is great for letting your roots absorb as much sun, moisture, and oxygen as it can. Aerators are unable to penetrate soil if the soil is hard and dry, so it’s best to wait until you have a day with high moisture.
Mulch can help protect your plants when the weather gets even colder in winter. Just be careful not to use too much mulch because this can cause your bark and stems to rot.
Fertilize Your Yard for Spring Growth
If you’re only going to fertilize your yard one time each year, let fall be the time you do it. Grass will continue growing at a gradual pace, but fertilizer can help promote more root growth. This helps grass remain strong while still being dormant in the winter time. Be sure to spread the fertilizer evenly throughout your yard because your lawn could look uneven if you don’t.
In a similar manner to how your grass absorbs water, weeds are also trying their best to absorb water, siphoning off nutrients from your lawn. The good news is that this is a great time to use herbicide to address these weeds because they will likely absorb the herbicide without hesitation as well.
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