Lawn Maintenance Tips For Fall
Keep your grass healthy with these lawn maintenance tips for Fall!
It’s the first day of Fall!! The weather will be changing and that means there will be some new tricks you will need to do to take better care of your lawn.
Lawn Maintenance Tips For Fall
Get out that rake!
Raking green grass in early fall season generally unearths a surprising amount of loose dead grass and improves the lawn’s health. It should be done after mowing for the best results. Raking a second time at right-angles to the rake’s original direction is a great way to make sure you are getting all the dead grass and leaves cleaned up from your lawn.
Aerating Your Lawn
According to Briggs and Statton aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction.
Aerating the lawn means sticking a garden fork into the soil as deeply as possible, then pushing the fork backward and forwards to widen the holes it makes. By aerating at six-inch intervals, spreading sand over it, and brushing the sand into the holes enables air and water to penetrate and stimulate healthy growth next year. Adding grit to worn areas will also help improve drainage.
Weeds should be dug out of the lawn if any have appeared during autumn. Fallen leaves should be removed from the lawn, as they are a prime source of fungal infections in the grass. As an added precaution, brushing worm casts away helps prevent weeds from growing in them. Worms themselves are useful for lawns as they also help aerate the soil, and they consume dead grass.
Autum is a great time to add some additional seeds to shady or dead areas to help improve their appearance.
If applying a feed to the lawn, using a specially formulated feed for autumn use is worth consideration. Autumn lawn feeds usually contain low levels of nitrogen, which is the type most suitable. Adding a moss killer is also good at the same time.
Any blackened area indicates the moss dies. It should be allowed to turn brown, signifying it is actually dead, before raking it out. Dense moss will often require a few attempts to clear in this way.
Generally, autumn is the most preferred time for laying a new lawn or replacing an old one using seed, primarily because it is more difficult at this time of year for weeds to compete with the new grass seed. Spring is the other but less favorable alternative.
Even if the lawn has been well taken care of through spring and summer, variable weather will often have caused the lawn to dry out to different degrees. If left untended, winter will exacerbate them, so these should be attended to.
Autumn is one of the main seasons for lawn care and maintenance, especially if a new lawn area is being prepared. While spring is the other season of opportunity for new lawn seeding and summer is the prime season for both making use of and working on the lawn, the winter season can also be utilized to help prepare lawns and equipment for work on the lawn throughout the year.
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