For those worried about their beautiful lawns during the colder months ahead, rest easy. Fall is actually one of the best times of year to keep your lawn protected through the winter and get it ready in time for spring.
While the types of fertilizer and herbicides you use on your lawn may vary slightly between grass varieties, the general steps you can take this month are the same (in no particular order):
- Aerate Soil – Fall is an ideal time to aerate your lawn so oxygen, water and fertilizer can easily reach the grass’s roots and give your lawn a much-needed boost. Note: don’t aerate lawns that have been seeded or sodded within one year of planting.
- Rake Leaves – Fallen leaves, although a beautiful sight to see, can wreak havoc on your lawn. Don’t wait until all the leaves have fallen before you remove them, either. If left alone, the leaves will collect moisture and create a thick mat that can suffocate your grass and breed fungal diseases. If you don’t want to rake them, chop them up with a mower into a fine mulch instead.
- Fertilize – If you only fertilize your lawn once a year, do it during the fall. This is the best time of year because grass leaves grow much more slowly during the cooler weather, but the grass roots and rhizomes continue to grow quickly. Apply fertilizer in the fall allows the grass to soak up the essential nutrients need to grow deep roots and keep nutrients on reserve for the following spring.
- Fill in Bald Spots – Nothing looks worse than a patchy lawn. So take the time this season to fix any bald spots. Use a rake to scratch loose the soil at the bald spot and spread a thick layer of lawn repair mix over it. Lightly compact the mixture, water thoroughly and continue to water every other day for two weeks.
If you take the time to complete these simple steps, your lawn will be happy, healthy and looking great by the time spring rolls around!