Now that the weather has cooled down and the leaves are falling from the trees, autumn is an important time to do some yard work. Preparing your lawn for the slightly cooler winter months ensures you will have healthy, green grass year-round. Here are some super-quick lawn care tips to help you during the fall months.
Fall is a great time to test your soil’s pH levels and adjust for any deficiencies (or excessive) nutrients. We suggest testing your soil once a year to ensure your lawn and garden has the best opportunity for growth.
Adjust Your Watering Levels
With cooler temperatures, your lawn needs less watering. Water just enough to soak the soil a few inches. The early morning hours are the best time to do this to avoid evaporation by the midday sun.
Overseed Your Lawn
September is a good time to overseed your warm-season grasses with cool-season grasses to enjoy a green lawn in the winter months. Perennial ryegrass, Kentucky bluegrass and fine fescue are popular choices. If you have had difficulty with cool-season grasses in the past, seeding a blend of two or more varieties should help you achieve the green carpet you are looking for.
Remember to keep your newly seeded areas moist to help the seeds to sprout. Frequent light sprinklings 2 to 3 times a day for the first 2 weeks after overseeding is recommended to ensure healthy growth. Reduce the amount of watering to 1 to 2 times a day over the next 3 weeks. By December, water your lawn once a day as needed. Gro-masters offers a variety of turf management services to help you maintain your yard.
Fertilizing your lawn in the fall is essential to keeping it healthy. Selecting a quality fertilizer with the proper amount of nitrogen that releases over a period of time is important so your lawn is nourished over the winter.
Manage Fallen Leaves
Since you have just overseeded your lawn and want to allow your new grass to take root, raking leaves should be kept to a minimum for the first few weeks. Instead, we recommend using a leaf blower.
Pesky winter weeds are a nuisance and can quickly overtake your lawn if not properly taken care of. Gro-Masters offers a variety of services to help prevent weed growth, eliminate any weeds that emerge and manage both grassy and broad-leaf weeds. We recommend applying a pre-emergent herbicide sometime between mid-October to mid-November for optimal results.
With a few simple lawn care tasks to do in the autumn, you can relax over the winter months and enjoy your green grass.
Other Tips to Keep Your Lawn Green All Year Round
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