September is the perfect time of year to pay a little extra attention to your lawn and prepare it for a cool season ahead. The long days of intense heat are slowly coming to an end and cooler days are just around the corner. It’s easy to fall under the notion that the arrival of fall means no more yard work, but the truth is, that this is the perfect time of year to perform certain lawn care activities. If you engage in just a few lawn care activities now, your lawn will reward you in the Spring with a rich green color and healthy growing grass blades. Below we have listed some fall lawn care tips that help provide such a promising environment.
A couple of things that are important to do are to continue mowing and watering your lawn as needed. Often, more rainfall occurs in the fall than in the summer, so you will need to decide when to water your lawn based on local weather conditions. As you draw closer to the last one or two mowing jobs of the year, cut the grass a little lower than you have throughout the hot summer months. When you leave your grass cut short throughout the dormant winter months, the sunlight can easily penetrate the crown of the grass. Also, the shorter the grass blades, the less amount of grass that can turn brown during the winter months.
Early fall is the perfect time to aerate and fertilize your grass, too. The core aeration process involves removing plugs throughout your entire lawn, which allows water, oxygen, and fertilizer to reach deep into the soil. This process ensures the opportunity for stronger, healthier grass when the growing season in the spring begins again. It is important to provide plenty of water for your lawn once the aeration and fertilization process is complete. Water will help the fertilizer soak deeply into the ground and reach grass roots at their very base.
Fall is the time when leaves drop from the surrounding trees, too. It’s very important to gather fallen leaves as soon as you can and remove them from your lawn. Although fallen leaves, especially those with brilliant colors, can be quite beautiful along the landscape, they can be detrimental to the grasses below them. Blankets of fallen leaves can block all oxygen and sunlight from the grass blades, and the result can be dead grass or nasty fungal disease growth along the grass blades.
Fall is also the perfect time to treat any weeds that you notice throughout your lawn and fill in any bald spots in the yard that you notice, too. You may find weed control products at any lawn care supply store as well as grass seed to place in bald spot areas, but you can also call the experts at Mighty Green Lawn Care to apply the proper treatments to your lawn.
Following these simple steps in the fall can lead to strong, vibrant grass in the spring when everything begins to grow again. Your lawn will reward you from your hard work and attention to detail, with a beautiful, healthy landscape to enjoy. Mighty Green offers a wide range of lawn care services to help keep your lawn healthy throughout the year. Request a free estimate today!