Lawn care professionals know that the best way to have a healthy, thick, green lawn in spring is to care for it in the fall. In other words, do it now.
Homeowners make the same mistakes before their grass goes dormant and then wonder why it isn’t growing better the next year. Wonder no more. Conwy Lawn Care Service has a seven-step lawn maintenance plan to create a beautiful lawn for the next season.
Fall Lawn Care Tips
1. Take the leaves out
Although a carpet of autumn leaves can look great and fun, they are not good for grass. They block light and trap moisture which can lead to turf damage.
When the leaves start to fall, blow them off or rake them as much as possible. Continue raking the areas where the wind has piled leaves up, even after the trees have fallen. If you don’t do this, when spring comes, the grass beneath that soggy, decaying mat is dead.
2. Continue to cut, but at the right height
You shouldn’t put the mower away. The grass will continue to grow up to the first hard freeze, so you’ll need to cut it regularly to maintain a 2 1/2- to 3 inch height. It would mat and be at risk of getting damaged by fungi if it is allowed to grow too long. Mowing should be continued during this time of year.
Too short a cut is equally bad, especially for the root system. The root depth is directly proportional to cutting height. This also hinders the lawn’s ability and endurance to winter cold and drought. Regular mowing removes those annoying leaves by chopping them up and leaving behind soil-enhancing mulch.
3. Continue to water
Fall weather can cause people to stop watering their plants. People believe nature will take care of it. Although it is true that there is more rain, dew, and evaporation this time of the year, that may not be enough for grassroots to stay hydrated and healthy during winter. A simple rain gauge can be used to track how much water your lawn gets each week.
4. You can loosen the soil
Soil needs to be aerated at least once every two years to prevent soil from becoming dense and covered with thatch. Thatch is a thick layer made up of roots, stems as well as other debris that prevents water, oxygen, and nutrients from reaching the soil.
Core aerators correct both issues by punching holes in the thatch and pulling up soil plugs. It is a good idea for lawns to be aerated before fertilizing.
5. Add fertilizer
The grassroots require water to survive winter. They also need a boost of plant sugars to keep them warm and healthy. These sugars are made by chlorophyll which grass produces when there is enough nitrogen.
A dense lawn is also good for weed control. This is why it is crucial to overseed the existing turf. This helps to fill in any bare spots or patches. It also allows you to introduce drought-tolerant, resilient grasses. Because the ground is still warm and moist, the nights are cooler, and the sun isn’t as intense during the day, fall is the best time of year to overseed. Overseeding can be a difficult chore, even in the fall.
Call Conway Lawn Care Service now if you need help maintaining your lawn.
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