Getting Your Lawn Ready for Fall
Fall Lawn Preparedness
Fall is fast approaching and many homeowners are beginning to think about their lawn. Fall lawn preparedness is important because during autumn and winter, the grass grows slowly.
As fall season draws nearer, keep your lawns mowing to its minimum by ensuring the mower’s blade is set at the lowest settings. This allows more sunlight to reach the crown of grass ensuring less leaf turn brown during fall. Remember to continue watering your lawn during fall.
Aerate the soil
Because in fall the grass absorbs more nutrients and moisture, it is important to aerate the soil so that oxygen, water, and nutrients reach the grass easily. Use a lawn aerator to punch holes into the soil and extract plugs of dirt as a way of aerating the soil.
The ideal time to add fertilizer to your lawn is during fall. This is because the cool weather allows grass roots and rhizomes to grow much faster. Apply a lawn fertilizer to all grassy areas of your lawn during the later stages of fall.
Fill in bald spots
Get your lawn ready for fall by filling in bare surfaces and bald spots with a lawn repair mixture. This mixture contains grass seeds, organic mulch, and a quick-starter fertilizer. Spread the lawn mixture over a bald spot, lightly compact the mixture and water thoroughly.
Rake the leaves
Inspect your lawn for fallen leaves and remove them as soon as possible. Do not wait for the fallen leaves to pile up to start raking. This is because when the leaves become wet from rain and morning dew, they tend to stick together and form an impenetrable mat that brings fungal diseases to grass.