Your yard, just like our calendar year, has four distinct seasons of lawn maintenance. Now that it is Fall, it is time to prepare your lawn for the long Winter by tackling a few tasks that will help keep your lawn healthy until Spring returns.
Fall lawn care includes aeration and over-seeding. Both of these activities should start in the September/October time frame. Be sure to over-seed new lawn or spots that need refreshing and if you have not done so already, fertilize your lawn as well. Another important aspect of Fall lawn maintenance is to keep your lawn free of leaves. In conjunction with raking your leaves consistently, you can mulch them with your lawn mower, and then apply your fall feeding. Raking or mulching the leaves is essential because the leaves will block sunlight from reaching the grass blades and therefore thin your grass. It also won’t harm your grass to mow it in the colder months, keeping in mind the “1/3 rule”, and don’t mow it if it is wet. Apply weed-and-feed to your lawn, to both feed it and control weed growth during the colder months.
In addition to lawn care, be sure to take care of the rest of your landscape. If you have a garden, cut back perennials and plant Fall hardy annuals replacing your Summer blooming plants with mums, pansies, or flowering cabbage. Anything you cut can be used in a compost pile. Remember to dig up and store any non-hardy bulbs. Fall is a great time to plant a tree or shrub as well. There’s less shock, and the roots start growing early in spring.
These tips, along with consultations with our professionals at Sunrise Landscape and Design can ensure your lawn remains happy and healthy and a source of pride for you and your family for years to come. Contact Sunrise for more information on lawn care or to discuss our lawn maintenance contracts.
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