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fall-lawn-care-tipsAlthough it may appear counter intuitive, it’s very important to continue fall lawn care even after the end of summer. Depending on the location and the type of grass, applying fall fertilizer, appropriate mowing and clever seeding can help to keep the grass green throughout the winter as well as preparing it for dormancy.

 

Fall lawn care tips

Rake

Whether you use an electric leaf blower, mulcher or rake, it’s important that you remove leaves from the lawn. Leaving wet leaves on the grass will eventually trap moisture which will cause pest invasions or fungus. If the lawn is composed of fresh season grasses such as blue grass, ryegrass and fescue, leaves will obstruct the sunlight which the grass requires to stay green until winter.

Mow

It’s always recommended that you mow regularly, but not too short. The same applies during the fall, although the last mow can be an additional half an inch bigger. Taller grasses retain the moisture in the soil and it also helps to protect the root-network of grasses. Mowing is frequently required since it worth the effort. You should leave the grass clipping on the lawn so as to create natural and nutrient-rich compost.

Seed

If there are bare patches in the lawn, then fall is the right time to fix them. Newly germinated grass will have few months to grow and establish a much more healthy root network which will carry throughout the winter and spring. Warm season grasses such as zoysia and St. Augustine can be over seeded with the annual winter ryegrass. The warm season lawns become highly dormant and brown in a very cool weather.

Fertilize

Cool-season grasses are grown in fall, thus they need sufficient nutrients to sustain themselves. You can use an organic fertilizer that has low phosphorous number. On the other hand, warm-season grasses are busy preparing for dormancy, therefore,so you  don’t want to fertilize them since it will interrupt this process which would eventually cause the lawn to be less protected during winter.

Dethatch and Aerate

Lawn detachers are commonly used to get rid of lawn thatch which is a thick layer of dead organic matter that is found above the soil at the very base of the grass. Not all lawn have thatch problem. As a matter of fact, many don’t have. However, if the lawn has a layer of thatch, then it should be addressed immediately before it becomes worse. You can use an organic liquid dethatcher with enzymes and bacteria which will breakdown the thatcher layer naturally and transform it into soil. Dethatching rakes will cause the damage to the grass as well as the roots.

The main objective of aerating the lawn is simply to create some space in the soil for water, air and nutrients to reach the roots of the plants whenever they are needed. Soil may become compacted as a result of heavy rain, snow cover, foot traffic, vehicle traffic among others. Aerating soil during fall will help a lot to prepare the lawn for winter hence allows the grass plants absorb nutrients.

Following these 5 lawn care tips will help your lawn be prepared for winter, also resulting in less winter and spring maintenance.

For more information about fall lawn care tips or preparing your lawn for winter, contact Prestige One Landscaping today at 816-925-0309.