With August coming to a close and the fall months quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about fall maintenance for your lawn.
Fall is an important time to continue the growth and health your lawn has had all summer. It is also equally important to prepare your lawn for the harsh winter to come. It might not seem like it, but your lawn is busily preparing for the upcoming winter, and so should you! The more prep-work you do for your lawn now, the better off your lawn will be come spring time.
Six Ways To Get Your Lawn Ready For Winter
Mow Your Lawn
Despite colder temperatures, continue to water and mow your lawn. Your lawn may not require as much work as it did during the summer, but don’t quit these chores. As the fall season comes to a close, you’ll want to slowly lower your lawn mower blades. Remember, don’t cut off more than 1/3 of the blade at once. To avoid this, gradually lower the blade until you reach the lowest setting for the last two cuttings of the year.
Rake Up Debris
It’s also important to make sure you are raking up all of the leaves on your lawn throughout the fall. If you don’t, you’ll be dealing with matted wet and rotting leaves in the spring. These leaves are not only much more difficult to clean up, but they’ll smother your grass as it starts to sprout!
Aerate Your Lawn
Fall is a great time to aerate your lawn, especially if you have soil that is heavy and rich with clay. For Utah residents, plant to aerate sometime after August, or after dew begins forming. Aerating will loosen the top soil making it easier for oxygen, water and fertilizer to reach the roots of your lawn.
Fertilize Your Grass
Speaking of fertilizer, the most important time to feed your lawn all year is the fall when your lawn growth slows. Giving your lawn a boost of nutrients in the fall will help the roots to continue to grow deep and store the nutrients so they can pop up healthy and ready to grow in the spring. For the most important fertilizing treatment of the year, call or contact the professionals at My All Green. The winterizing treatment will give your lawn the best long-term health and development. You can apply an early fall fertilizer treatment to really focus on that root growth and development.
Fill Bald Spots
Take the time to access your lawn and fill in any bald spots. This is best done in late summer, or early fall when the seeds have a better chance of survival without the summer heat. Filling bald spots in fall will also ensure you get the new grass in before winter hits.
Kill Any Weeds
Fall is also a great time to kill any weeds that may be taking over sections of your lawn. Just like your lawn, weeds are trying to prepare for the long winter ahead. They aren’t shy when it comes to absorption, so if you give them a big dose weed killer they’ll drink it right up. Take care of your weeds now while they’re more vulnerable and you won’t have to worry about them in the springtime.