Fall Lawn Care Tips
Why is fall lawncare so important?
While you may not see it, fall is the time when lawns use their energy to expand their root systems. There may not be much growth going on above the soil, but underneath roots are developing and spreading.
Fall is also the perfect time to start a new lawn, because soil is still warm, fostering germination, but the air is cool, so you don’t need to water as much.
Now is the time to get out and replace or repair our existing lawns so that they are prepped for Winter, and will return full force next Spring. Follow the tips below to help you get the most out of your lawn next year!
Tips for Fall Lawn Care
Get rid of weeds
Getting rid of weeds in the Fall will give you a fresh start in the Spring. It might seem like tedious work, but weeding the lawn now will be much easier than waiting until next summer when weeds have had the opportunity to flourish.
Fertilize if needed
Fertilizing your lawn in the fall is an important step toward keeping a beautiful, healthy lawn. Lawns often suffer from summer stressors like disease, drought, and heat. Fertilizer can help to revitalize your lawn, feeding roots from the time they go dormant, until Spring. Aside from feeding the roots all winter long, fall fertilizing also helps to prepare your turf for the long, cold winter ahead. A slow-release nitrogen fertilizer will help to give you the best results next Spring!
Amend Your Soil
Maybe your lawn just won’t give you the results you’re looking for, no matter what you try. Or, maybe you know your soil is lacking in something. Either way, the problem is in the soil, and Fall is the perfect time to renew your soil and have it ready for Spring. Whether it’s loosening the soil with Gypsum, or changing the soil pH with Lime, put your soil amendments down, and your soil will be ready to produce come Spring!
Check your soil pH
If you’ve been having problems with weeds and moss in your turf, it could be an issue of soil pH. Soil naturally becomes acidic over time, and weeds and moss thrive in acidic soil. Not only will getting your soil back to neutral create an environment that isn’t friendly to weeds, but it will also release nutrients in the soil that were previously “locked up.” Be sure to do a soil pH test first so you know what you need!