Tips For Lawn Care In Autumn

Lawn Care In AutumnThe summer officially ends late September, but some areas are already starting to see a cool down in temperature.  The cooler days signal the start of Autumn, thus begins the changing in grass, plants and trees. The leaves turn colors and fall from the trees, and plants and grass will soon go dormant before the winter season. The time is now to address lawn care in autumn before the winter season approaches.

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 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, but if the leaves are wet then you want to get those piled up quickly to your lawn doesn’t get smothered. Wet leaves can also accumulate mold and lead to various forms of lawn disease.  Raking the leaves and bagging them is one option. You also mulch your leaves and place in gardens or throw them in compost bins for soil in a few months.
  • Lawn Mowing – Your lawn continues to grow for more of 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 at least 1 inch over water a week.
  • Soil Maintenance – The most important reason for soil maintenance is to keep lawn and gardens thriving even during extreme temperatures.
    1. Apply fertilizer 3 to 4 times throughout the year. Once in the spring and summer seasons, and 1 more time during the fall. The fall fertilization replenishes the nutrients that are used during the summer season and provides your dormant grass enough nutrients to make it through until spring.
    2. You can apply mulch to garden beds or compost to soils in your gardens. A good compost will go a long way to keeping your garden beds healthy and growing flowers, and garden veggies.
    3. Lawn aeration might be needed if you have a lot foot traffic though your yard. Compacted soils could use a little breathing room.  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 complete for the same nutrients that you grass lives off during the winter.  Having newly grown grass helps drown out weeds essentially.

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 week tree limbs that could be a hazard during strong winds or heavy ice accumulation.

Another helpful reminder would be sure to drain the gasoline from gas powered equipment.  Clean off your lawn mower blades and from underneath your mower. Following these tips for lawn care in autumn, should cover you until the spring season arrives next year. Nothing too difficult to overwhelm you, and just enough to beat the winter freeze.

Fall Lawn Care Tips – pdf


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