The fall is a great time to take a few extra minutes and tend to your lawn and landscape. The summer has likely been rough on the vegetation with the hot temperatures and sparse rain fall. Hopefully you we’re able to keep you grass alive and the trees and bushes healthy. If not this is a great time to show them a little extra attention helping their roots regain health and prepare for the winter months ahead.
This post will cover some easy tasks you should be doing to your lawn this fall to ensure a healthy lawn when spring arrives.
Through the summer our yards take a beating, one of the best things you can do this time of year is to Aerate your lawn. There are a few different ways to handle this and depending on your yard’s condition something as simple as aeration cleats may work just fine.
Typically, we want to use a core aerator which pulls plugs from the soil. The removal of these plugs allows for the ground to decompress and the thinning of the thatch. A layer of thatch is a good thing in a healthy lawn but left un managed it grow too thick to allow the proper nutrients into the roots.
You can easily rent an Aerator at your local home improvement store for less than $100 a day. Or, if your lawn is fairly young and isn’t too compact a pair of aerator shoes or cleats might work just fine. As you start to care for your lawn walking around with spiked shoes every so often will really help promote a healthy lawn all year.
Once you have the lawn aerated and the soil a bit looser, this is a great time to spread some fresh grass seed, even if you have a healthy lush lawn. The Fall is a prime time for vegetation such as grass to take root. There tends to be more water and milder weather, allowing the seeds to thrive. As long as you over seed at least 4 to 6 weeks before the first freeze your new grass should do just fine over winter.
Remember to water your new seed often, at least two times a day. The soil should stay moist throughout the day as to not kill the seedling. Depending on your geography, watering may not be a big deal this time of year. Either way keep it watered with minimal traction.
We recommend using the same type of grass your lawn is currently planted with. If you don’t know what that is there are some great resources on-line to help you identify your lawn. It’s likely one of the popular regional grasses, but you should be able to find matching seed at the local home improvement store. Depending on the type of seed and how large your lawn is your looking at around $50 .00 to cover an average lawn.
Trimming Shrubs and Trees:
After a long summer, the shrubs are probably looking a little scraggly with branches growing in various directions. The trees are likely starting to turn color and drop their first leaves of the season. Gotta love this time of year!
It also makes a perfect time to trim everything down. This can help not only with appearance and fallen debris but the health of your vegetation as well. When you trim your trees try to cut off the dead branches and the branches growing in a direction other than you want. Such as into or over your house or fence. When you cut the branches try to cut where the branch meets a larger part of the tree or a joint. This will help the try recover better and leave a nice clean look
Leaf Clean Up:
As the leaf start to fall it’s important to keep them from building up on your lawn. When leaves build up on your grass they can starve the lawn of vital sun and water. Ultimately killing your grass and leaving a mess in your lawn over winter. There are a number of ways to get rid of the leaves, including your recycling or garbage. However, we recommend mulching the leaves and cutting the branches up small enough to dispose of easily.
Having a mulch area of your lawn can help not only with the leaves in the fall but the grass throughout the year. Mulch is a great food for vegetables or flower bed and is well worth the investment. Some mulch the grass directly into their lawn, with the proper mower this is an easy thing to do. But, if your mower is a standard residential model, it will likely just leave clumps of grass behind, doing more harm than good. We recommend a 4×4 area with three walls about 4 feet high. As you mow the lawn or pick up leaves just pile them in, Nature takes it course and before you know it you have Super Food for your vegetation.