Tips For Lawn Care In Autumn
Summer officially ends on the autumnal equinox, which falls on September 23rd this year. However, in regions like North Texas, we all know the weather does exactly what it wants! This can mean an early cold snap, or hot days stretching well into October.
Either way, you want to be ready for Fall lawn preparations. Sooner or later, the cooler weather will set in, and this shift always affects the needs and growth patterns of our lawn and foliage.
If you’re looking for some help on your fall landscaping projects, follow this link to request a quote from TLC Landscapes! Meanwhile, read more about our thoughts on the best DIY lawn care practices to invest in, as the summer season winds down.
Autumn Lawn Care
Following these easy tips will guide you to keep a healthy lawn and garden until spring of next year.
- Leaf Clean up – The first and most obvious tip would be to gather and dispose of the leaves that have accumulated across the lawn. You do not want to keep the leaves in your lawn longer that a few days under dry conditions, unless you plan on mowing over them to create a nourishing mulch.
But if the leaves are wet, you want to get them piled up quickly so your lawn doesn’t get smothered. Wet leaves can also accumulate mold, leading to various forms of lawn disease.
Raking the leaves and bagging them is one option. You can also use gathered leaves as garden mulch, or throw them in compost bins for soil in a few months.
- Lawn Mowing – Your lawn continues to grow through the autumn season. It may not be as significant, but still requires a good trimming from time to time. You want to have your grass cut just right before it goes dormant for the winter season. (2.5 inches is good height to keep your grass)
- Watering Your Lawn – Keeping your lawn watered may not be too difficult if you live in area that gets fall rains. If you live in an area that doesn’t see much rain before the frost, the ideal amount of water to keep your lawn watered is around 1 inch per week. However, autumn is a good time to save on both resources and energy, so you may be able to get away with even less irrigation as the peak growth season comes to a close.
- Soil Maintenance – The most important reason for soil maintenance is to keep lawn and gardens thriving, even during extreme temperatures.
- Apply fertilizer 3 to 4 times throughout the year. Once in the spring and summer seasons, and 1 to 2 more times during the fall. The fall fertilization replenishes the nutrients that are used during the summer season, providing your soon-to-be dormant grass enough nutrients to make it through the winter.
- You can apply mulch to garden beds, or compost to soils in your gardens. A good compost will go a long way in keeping your garden beds healthy for growing flowers and veggies.
- Lawn aeration might be needed if you have a lot foot traffic though your yard. Compacted soils could use a little breathing room as well. Aeration opens up the soils to receive water and air more efficiently.
- Seeding – It is always good practice to keep your lawn seeded before winter. Weeds compete for the same nutrients that you grass lives off during the winter. Newly sprouting grass helps choke out intrusive weeds.
Don’t Forget Trees and Bushes
Tree Trimming – Keeping your bushes and tree limbs cut might seem like a waste of time. But if you have weak tree limbs, they ccan become a hazard during strong winds or heavy ice accumulation. Additionally, staying proactive about fall trimming keeps you in control of fallen foliage and what you’d like to do with it. Minding those branches allows you to choose whether to toss them, compost them, or gather them for kindling when it comes time to light up the fire pit.
Another helpful reminder: be sure to drain the gasoline from gas powered equipment. Clean off your lawn mower blades, as well as the rest of your mower’s undercarriage.
Following these tips for lawn care in autumn should set you up for a health lawn throughout the fall and winter seasons. Additionally, taking a few proactive measures will give your landscape a leg up when spring arrives and your yard emerges from a few months of dormancy.
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