How To Get Your Lawn Ready For The Fall
- August 24, 2016
As August winds to a close, it’s time to start thinking about getting your yard ready for the fall. While there is still plenty of summer sunshine and warm weather left, it’s important to start thinking about your fall maintenance plan. If you want a lush, green lawn in the spring, you need to lay the proper groundwork for a healthy lawn in fall. Luckily, the process is relatively simple: aerate, feed, and seed.
Over time, the soil underneath your lawn begins to pack down–especially in areas of your yard that get heavy use. Just like us, your grass needs water and air. But when the soil becomes dense and hard, air, water and fertilizers have a hard time making it to your turf’s roots–which is detrimental to the overall long-term health and well-being of your lawn.
Aeration helps alleviate soil compaction, improving overall lawn health. If you have a small lawn, you can easily aerate with a garden fork. Poke holes in the soil every few inches or so. If you have a larger lawn, a garden fork isn’t going to cut it. You may want to consider renting a walk-behind aerator. These gas-powered machines easily punch holes into your lawn, making the aeration process efficient and effective.
As the temperature starts to cool, your lawn’s growth rate will slow. Although grass might not require a weekly mowing, there is still a lot of activity going on underground. Grass roots will typically keep on growing until temperatures dip toward the freezing point, so fall is an ideal time to nourish your yard. Ideally, you should apply fertilizer to your lawn twice each fall: once at the beginning of the season in late August or early September, and once right before the first frost.
Most people assume that spring is the ideal time to plant new grass. However, most experts agree that it’s actually ideal to plant in the fall–even if you’re just filling in some bare spots. The soil is still warm from the summer, which results in faster seed germination; the cooling temperatures will mean less stress on the new seedlings; and there is less concern over crabgrass and other weeds popping up. Plus your seed will have both the fall and spring growing seasons to get established before the next summer.
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