Fall is here, which means leaves are changing and our attention to our lawn wanes. However, fall is still an important time to keep maintaining your lawn. Here are some ways to make sure that your lawn remains happy and healthy throughout the fall season.
Continue to water and mow your lawn throughout the fall season. As fall begins to end, start to drop the blade on your mower down. By the end of the season, your mower should be on its lowest setting for the last two cuttings of the year. However, don’t cut off more than one-third of the blade at one time. Cutting the blades shorter allows more sunlight to reach the grass and in turn causes fewer blades to turn brown during the winter.
Rake Your Leaves
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is waiting until all the leaves have fallen from the trees to start raking. While it is more time-consuming, it’s important to rake throughout the season. Waiting until they all have fallen causes the leaves to stick together, from rain and morning dew. The leaves form together and can suffocate the grass and breed fungal diseases if they are unmoved.
Fill in Bald Spots
The easiest way to do this is by using an all-in-one lawn repair mixture. These packages usually include grass seed, a quick starter lawn fertilizer, and organic mulch. Once you find a bald spot in your lawn, scratch the soil loose and the spread a layer of the lawn repair mixture over the area and water it. Continue to water the area every other day for the next two weeks.
Fall is the perfect time to fertilize your lawn, especially if you fertilize your lawn once a year. Applying fertilizer in the fall allows for nutrients for the grass to grow deep roots. The nutrients stay on reserve throughout the winter and provide a healthy, green start in spring.
No More Weeds
Many types of weeds pop up during the fall, such as crabgrass and chickweed. If you see weeds starting to form, start to pull them out. If the seeds dry out and fall onto the ground, you’ll have even more weeds next year. By weeding in the fall, you are saving yourself from having to use unhealthy chemicals in the spring.