Follow these fall lawn care tips to ensure that your lawn has a strong head start towards being in beautiful shape the following spring.
Good fall lawn care requires dealing differently with different types of turf which are generally of two kinds – cool season and warm season. Cool season turf requires more maintenance especially during fall and winter months, while warm season grass only requires being prepped up till the next spring season begins.
Among the many cool season grasses you will find different varieties including ryegrasses as too fescues and even bluegrass and finally bentgrasses. On the other hand, the more common types of warm season grasses are St. Augustinegrass and Zoysiagrass as well as Bermudagrass and even Buffalograss.
Fall lawn care requires testing the soil, applying herbicides for weed control, watering, fertilizing, mowing, deciding between seed or sod, removing leaves and also thatch and finally, maintaining lawn care equipment.
Lawn Care Tips for the Fall
For proper fall lawn care, you need to first do a soil test and find out the level of nutrients. pH as well as other factors can affect how well your grass grows. Secondly, you need to ensure that you have weeded out all of the broadleaf weeds that usually appear during the fall season. Among these unwanted weeds are also weeds such as plantain, dandelions and also clover, creeping Charlie and others.
Temperatures during the fall months are not quite as hot as in the summer but you still need to pay attention to providing adequate amounts of water to your lawn, and this is something that most people tend to overlook. Just like the human body, lawns need water in the cool weather of fall the same as they do in the spring.
Fall lawn care also requires to properly applying fertilizers, especially during late October and early November which will help provide proper nutrients to the lawn. In addition, don’t forget that mowing your lawn is also recommended throughout the fall months, till such time as the grass stops to grow. Also, fall is the right time for you to decide between seeding and sodding, and sodding should be completed well before the actual cold sets in.
The fall months are that time of the year when the leaves begin to fall in good numbers, and proper lawn care requires that you remove these fallen leaves before they form a thick layer that will end up smothering the grass.
Fall is also the perfect time to take out your lawn aerator shoes and get rid of the excess thatching in your lawn.
Finally, don’t forget to take proper care of your lawn care equipment, which is more necessary during the fall months than at any other time of the year. You can use this time of the year to change the oil in your mower and drain out the gas from the mower or even add gas stabilizer, though this last mentioned act should only be done after consulting a manual since you don’t want to void the warranty on your mower.