A beautiful lawn next spring begins this fall.
This is one of our favorite sayings around Schendel this time of year. It really sums up how important it is to give your lawn a little extra attention in the fall. Completing projects now will help your lawn thrive once the spring growing season arrives.
We know pulling weeds and raking leaves aren’t nearly as fun as watching football and visiting the pumpkin patch, but spending some extra time now will help your lawn grow green and lush next spring. The National Association of Landscape Professionals recommends these fall lawn care projects:
- Pull weeds – Do it now and you’ll have fewer weeds next season.
- Rake debris – Rake and remove the leaves in the yard to avoid damage to the grass so you can enjoy a healthier lawn next year. Doing so also can protect water quality. In winter, freezing and thawing can cause leaves, dead grass plants, and other organic debris to release soluble forms of phosphate (and nitrates). If these chemicals run off the frozen ground during spring snow melt and early spring rains, they can end up in surface water.
- Fertilize – Fall is the ideal time to give your lawn the TLC it needs after the heat and activity of summer and before the harsh winter months. Generally, cool-season grasses should be fertilized September through November and warm-season grasses should be fertilized a bit earlier.
- Keep your grass at 3 to 3½ inches tall –Cutting grass too short means you’ll severely limit its ability to make and store food for growth in the spring, and will also encourage weed growth.
- Complete a deep water – Give trees and shrubs a deep watering after the leaves on the trees drop and just before turning the outside water off for the season.
- Prune plants– Cut most perennials back close to the ground.
- Water and equipment – Shut off water lines to the outside. If you have an automatic irrigation system, avoid damage by having it blown out with compressed air before the water freezes in the pipes.
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