The fall season is the time of year you should give your lawn the revitalization and repair it deserves. Treatments done in the fall are investments in the lawns long-term health and beauty, they help the lawn to thrive throughout the year. It seems kind of weird, right? To put so much time and energy into the lawn when it is about to endure the winter months and be dormant and covered in snow soon anyway. But the big climate changes that come with this season make it the ideal conditions for your lawn, with cool temperatures at night and warmer temperatures during the day, and the reoccurring rainfall makes this the ideal time to revitalize your lawn, it also gives the turf and root system nine months to develop and become stronger before the summer months put stress on it yet again.
This time of year is when the grass is absorbing as much energy, moisture, and nutrients it can in preparation for a long, dormant winter. If you give the lawn the tools it needs now, it will end up paying you back tenfold in the spring. You will be rewarded with a beautiful healthy lush green lawn. Here are a few things we can do to revitalize your lawn.
Common Lawn Care Mistakes to Avoid in the Fall
A common mistake homeowners make is to stop mowing and watering the lawn regularly. Just because winter is steadily approaching does not mean that the lawn isn’t growing or that it does not need the same attention as it did during other times throughout the year. But that is not the case, you should keep watering the lawn regularly, or as needed since the rainfall should be a bit more active. You should also mow the lawn as needed around 3.5 inches and slowly lower the height toward the end of the season, making the last cut around 2.5 inches. Keep in mind that you should never trim off more than one third of the grass blade during a single mowing, so it is a good idea to gradually lower the mower blades cutting height.
Core aeration done annually is a must if you want to have that beautiful lawn come spring time. Aeration is perforating the soil surface to provide an avenue for water, nutrients, and oxygen to get to the root zone. This helps reduce thatch and alleviate soil compaction so your lawn can grow rich, thick, and have a strong root system below. Adding over seed to this process will help to keep your grass young and will fill in and thicken up the bare areas that your lawn may have. If you think your lawn needs a little more than over seeding you have the option of slice seeding.
Slice seeding plants new seed into the soil without damage to the existing lawn, and entails using a machine that cuts vertically through the grass and into the surface of the soil. At the same time, the seeder cuts furrows into the soil and plants the seed into the furrow. This method puts the seed directly in contact with the soil as opposed to merely spreading seeds onto your lawn. Slice seeding is the most effective way to ensure good seed-to-soil contact and prepare the seed bed at the same time. It enables you to have better looking and more resistant grass types that are adapted to the various conditions on your property. Again this with aeration will greatly improve results.
Important Tips to Maintain Your Lawn During the Fall
Another thing to not forget is fertilizing your lawn in the fall. Even if you do not fertilize your lawn year-round many lawn experts agree that you should always give your lawn a fall fertilizing treatment. Why? Because during this time of year the temperature cools and the grass starts to grow slower but the grass roots do not they continue to grow quickly. A Fall fertilizer delivers essential nutrients for the grass to continue to develop deep roots and to keep nutrients on reserve for a healthy start next spring.
It is also important to make sure you clean up the lawn in the fall. Most trees and plants are losing their leaves, acorns, etc. leaving them for you to clean up. It is not something most of us enjoy doing but it is necessary in your lawns health. If you do not cleanup it can cause many different lawn diseases and fungal issues, which can take a lot of time and be costly to fix. The leaves can get wet from morning dew or rain and will stick to each other and become a barrier between the grass and the sun. The grass does not get the chance to breathe, dry out, and does not have the chance to get the proper nutrients it needs to store and feed off of through the winter.
By giving your lawn the attention it deserves in the Fall you are preparing to have a beautiful healthy lawn in the Spring!