Fall Lawn Care Tips

With Fall nearly upon us and winter rapidly approaching, you’re probably not spending too much time thinking about your lawn care. However, with Fall seasons cooler temperatures and occasional rainfall, it’s become the ideal time to prepare your lawn for next spring. Many homeowners think lawns need less attention in the Fall because the grass grows more slowly. However, this is quite the contrary. During this time of year, grass is absorbing energy, moisture, and nutrients. It does so in preparation for a long, dormant winter. Give it a little attention now, and you’ll be rewarded with a lush, healthy spring lawn. Just follow these six Fall lawn care tips! Continue to Mow your lawn – This will allow more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass, and there will be less leaf to turn brown during the winter. Aerate the soil – Fall is a great time to aerate your lawn so that water, fertilizer, and oxygen can easily reach the grass’s roots. Rake the leaves – If you don’t rake, the leaves will become wet from rain and morning dew, stick together, and form a thick mat. This will eventually suffocate the grass and create prime breeding grounds for fungus growth. Fertilize for future growth – Fertilizer delivers essential nutrients for the grass to grow deep roots now during Fall. This keeps nutrients on reserve for a healthy start next spring. Fill in bald spots – One of the easiest Fall lawn care tips is to just fill in the old bald spots that you haven’t gotten to quite yet. Just use a lawn repair soil mixture sold at most garden shops and home improvement centers. Weed control – Weeds absorb a lot on energy during Fall season. They consume everything throw their way including some weed killers. The best way to control this is to use an herbicide.

2019 Fall Cleanup Checklist

Posted by on Nov 6, 2019 in Fall Lawn Care Tips | Comments Off on 2019 Fall Cleanup Checklist

Photo by Valeriia Miller from Pexels When Fall comes around, we typically think of golden colored trees and visits to the local pumpkin patch. However, it also means it’s time to get your yard ready for winter. Doing some Fall cleanup will save you time and energy when spring rolls around. Which, in turn, keeps your family safe in the yard year-round. Make sure you get the most out of your yard by following our Fall cleanup checklist must-do’s. 1. Clear out any loose debris. Fallen leaves and overgrown weeds are the perfect place for pests to settle in for the winter. So, begin by clearing out your flower beds to make it less inviting for pests. 2. Till the vegetable garden. After your final harvest, pull out old vegetable plants and till the whole area. You could also start a compost pile to help nurture your soil for planting next Spring. 3. Trim over hanging tree Branches. Trim up any large or out-of-place tree branches that may cause trouble during the winter. If you fail to do this, you take the chance of branches breaking and falling during the snowfall. 4. Clear out the gutters. Contrary to popular belief, not all Fall cleanup is in the yard. Take the time to remove debris from rain gutters. You can check for proper drainage by clearing out any blockages and rinsing with a hose. 5. Dry everything out. Drain all water from fountains and other types of irrigation systems. Water left sitting over the winter may freeze, expand, and damage your equipment. Check out our post on how to drain your sprinkler system to prevent blow-outs. 6. Aerate your yard. Break up soil to keep water from pooling. This will ensure that nutrients can seep down and reach the roots over the winter. A garden fork will do the job for small yards. However, larger yards may require a walk-behind aerator, which should be available to rent for a reasonable price. 7. Feed the lawn. Feed your yard nutrients to help it survive the long, cold Winter. You’ll want to use a lawn fertilizer with high phosphorous content to encourage root growth. This guarantees you enjoy a lush, green lawn come Spring. 8. Rake and mulch. If you let layers of leaves accumulate on your lawn, they can suffocate the grass. Rake them up, shred them, and use them as mulch for young trees, shrubs, and flower beds. You could even skip the raking part if you use a lawn mower to mulch the leaves. 9. Prune trees and shrubs. Trim any dead branches and cut back overgrown trees and bushes. This sets your yard to be ready for new, healthy growth come Spring. 10. Give your yard one last mow. Set your mower to a low setting and give the lawn a close buzz before the Winter. This helps the soil dry out more quickly in the Spring, which results in a lusher lawn. 11. Protect cold-sensitive plants. Keep sensitive perennials, shrubs, and roses in top shape through the cold days of Winter. To do this, add mulch to the base and wrap plants in cloth barriers. This prevents damage from freezing temperatures. Depending on the hardiness of the plan, you can use a single sheet or blanket or a combination of cloth and plastic to keep them warm. 12. Protect your deck. Mold and mildew grow easily on an unprotected deck during a wet Winter. You can prevent this by giving the deck a good power wash. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can rent one...

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