With summer behind us and fall near, it can be easy to relax a bit when it comes to lawn care. The fall is actually a time when lawns need plenty of care because the grass is absorbing moisture, energy, and nutrients in preparation for the long winter ahead. Here are some things to remember as you get ready for fall lawn care.
1. Keep mowing
You can continue to mow lawns, as needed, throughout the fall season. But cut grass with a lower mower blade setting at the end of the fall - particularly for the last two cuttings of the year. Cutting it lower allows more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass. In turn, there will be less leaf to turn brown in the winter. Moreover, continue to water your lawn throughout the fall.
Note: An important point to remember is to not trim off more than one-third of the grass at any one mowing.
Fertilizing in the fall is an important part of your lawn care strategy. In fact, many experts argue that the fall is the time to fertilize if you're only going to do it once a year. While the grass leaves will be growing more slowly, the grass roots and rhizomes (horizontal plant stems that send out roots and shoot) will continue to grow quickly. The best time for fertilizer application is mid-to late-fall. Apply it to all grassy areas.
Fall is an Ideal time to apply AquaSmart PRO. The microscopic, super absorbent sand will help aerate your lawn as well as keep valuable nutrients from leaching through the soil. This helps rejuvenate the root zone from a hard summer as well as prepare your soil for next summer.
3. Fill in bald spots
Fall is a great time to fill in a lawn's bald spots. Use a garden rake to loosen the soil at the bald spot. Then spread seed over the area, lightly compact it, then water it every other day for two weeks.
4. Soil test
Fall is also an ideal time to test soil. Improving the soil enhances plant health and is crucial in growing the type of healthy lawn that will last a lifetime. A soil test will determine if the soil is neutral, alkaline or acidic, which then allows you to adjust the soil to the appropriate pH level (for what you want to grow). A soil's pH signifies a plant's ability to draw nutrients from the soil.