Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to start planning your fall lawn care as it is often called the “unofficial end of summer.” But, Summer is not over yet (we still have weeks left until September 22, the last official day of Summer). Fall is the ideal time of year to prepare your lawn for spring. The cooler temperatures and occasional rainfall make this the best time to give your property the care it needs to be healthy and green once spring comes. So, what can you do to make sure you have the best looking lawn on the block? Check out our six tips for planning your fall lawn care:
Keep Mowing Your Lawn
Do not put away your mower just yet. Grass continues to grow until it frosts over in the winter. Continue cutting your grass and keeping it at an ideal height. Cutting your grass too short can reduce your grass’s root system and prevent your lawn’s ability to endure the winter cold.
Continue Watering Your Lawn
More rain, more dew, and less evaporation in autumn provide natural moisture for the grass. However, this might not be enough to keep the grassroots well hydrated and healthy going into the winter months. Your lawn should receive at least one inch of water per week for optimized growth and health in the fall.
Rake Fallen Leaves
Rake leaves as soon as they fall. Leaves on your lawn can block out sunlight and trap moisture, leading to lawn fungi. Raking will also help remove any thatch that may have built up.
Fall Lawn Care Aeration
Over the harsh summer, your lawn has probably suffered from some soil compaction and heat stress. These problems often cause the brown or thinned grass you may have experienced. Aeration removes soil plugs from a yard so that nutrients, water, and oxygen can reach the grassroots. Aerating in the fall can help your lawn be green and healthy for the next year.
Fall Lawn Care Overseeding
Fall is the best time to overseed your lawn because the ground is still warm, there is plenty of moisture, nights are cool, and the sun is not as hot during the day. Overseeding fills in thin spots and bare patches and allows you to introduce the latest in resilient, drought-tolerant grasses. Make sure to keep the seedling moist until they germinate and establish roots before the weather becomes too cold.
Apply a Fall Lawn Care Fertilizer
Fertilize in the fall for a better looking and healthier lawn. Applying fertilizer in the fall will give your yard the nutrients it needs to get through the winter and grow stronger in spring.
Planning Fall Lawn Care: How Tee Time Can Help
Your lawn stands a better chance at being healthier and greener when springtime rolls around if you take care of your yard during the early fall. If this seems to overwhelm you or do not have the time to prep your lawn for the winter on your own, do not stress! Our lawn care professionals at Tee Time Lawn Care can help your yard remain healthy with our organic fertilizing plans and our core aeration and overseeding services. Give us a call or fill out this form to get your free quote.