The Basics of Fall Yard Care
Arguably the most beautiful season of the year, autumn is an important time to be taking great care of your yard. You don’t want your neighbors showing you up! For not only the best looking yard this coming season, but also the most winter resistant, we’ve put together some tips to follow.
It’s common knowledge that autumn brings leaves and more leaves. They call it fall for a reason! While pretty, it’s best to keep them off your lawn. Piling them up prevents your grass from the sun and water it needs. Be sure to maintain this by frequently raking or blowdrying leaves off into oblivion.
Mowing The Lawn
As with all the warmer months, maintaining your lawns height is essential for its health. 2-3 inches should suffice. Longer grass is susceptible to damage from the inbound snow, while shorter doesn’t give the root enough strength to resist the cold. Not to mention that regular mowing helps to spread leaves around.
Fertilization is also essential. It’s important to time it based on your grass type. Cool season grasses should be done in later months, specifically September to November. Warm season grasses should be earlier, ideally July to early September. There are special fertilizers for winter with extra potassium – essential for resisting the cold as well as for growth. Think of fertilizer as an extra shot of energy before the winter comes.
Weeds are handled fairly simply. All you need is to apply a blanket weed killer to prevent them before they start. There are even some fertilizers that blend in weed killer. Two birds with one stone. Those who want to go the extra mile should overseed their lawn before the snow comes. Weeds can’t grow if there’s no room for them.
Fall is best to overseed due to the extra moisture in the air, as well as the sun not being as overbearing. Note that this needs to be done before the temperature drops too much, otherwise it’s a wasted attempt.
While autumn is definitely a wetter season, you mustn’t slack on watering your lawn! You’ll want to keep some extra water going before the harsh winter comes. At least an inch a week should suffice. But, make sure to store your sprinklers and watering devices before it gets too cold, otherwise they’ll freeze.
A often under looked but still essential part of yard maintenance, mulching helps keep heat and moisture around for your lawn to flourish. This is best done in the early fall, before any heavy snowfall. It also serves as sort of a shield from the harsh winter environment, keeping your roots strong and in place.
There is much to be done when prepping your lawn for the winter. While these tips are great for starting, each lawn is different. For the best results, do some research on the types of grass, fertilizer, grass length, and more are best for your situation. You won’t regret it come spring time.