Fall is here and brings with it a variety of things: football, cooler weather, leaves, and less daylight. But when it comes to your client's lawns, there's no need to let up just yet.
The next couple of months are actually a great time for making a lawn and landscape as strong and eye-catching as it can be. You can keep your client's lawns looking green and lush in the fall and can affect how the lawn looks the following year. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
1. Keep doing what you're doing
You should continue to mow as usual to maintain healthy fall grass. Letting the lawn grow too long invites insects and other pests to make their home in a yard. Continue to mow at the same length that you have been until late fall, and then begin to cut the lawn 1 or 2 inches shorter. Then proceed to cut the grass lower until it stops growing for winter.
You can also continue to water in the fall, although slightly less because there's less evaporation from the sun. But that can also depend on the location, because sunny, dry areas will require regular watering throughout the fall season.
Aeration will give lawns roots more room to grow, which helps you maintain healthy fall grass that, in turn, will thrive the entire year. Your client's lawn will be able to get more nutrients, maintain its health longer, and be better prepared for the warmer months.
The fall is a great time to fertilize because it keeps the lawn satiated with nutrients that can't get to the soil and roots during the colder winter months. In fact, many lawn experts say that if you're only going to fertilize once a year, then the fall is the time to do it.
5. Get rid of leaves quickly
Lawns need a great deal of sun to thrive even during the cooler fall months, and a layer of leaves will block sunlight. Remove leaves quickly to allow the sun consistent penetration. Blowing leaves is definitely easier, but raking with a spring-tine lawn rake is beneficial because it loosens thatch while scratching the soil.
6. Use the right products
Using a product such as AquaSmart Pro will definitely help maintain healthy fall grass. Made up of super-absorbent polymers, AquaSmart Pro absorbs huge amounts of water while decreasing runoff.
7. Lawn Repair
Fall lawn care includes lawn repair. Fix bald and thinning spots by spreading lawn seed that matches the type of grass or lawn repair mixture.
There's plenty of work still to be done in the fall to keep lawns looking their best. Not only does proper care keep the lawn looking good all the way up to winter, but will help it get a strong start when warmer weather comes around.