For many of us fall is already here, however, before the transition continues into winter there are a few things you can do to ensure your yard is protected. You’re probably not depending much time thinking about your lawn, but with cooler temperatures and the occasional wetter weather the fall can be a very great time to prep your yard for next spring.
In this article we’re going to take a look at the steps you’ll need to take to ensure your yard remains in tip top shape come springtime.
Keep On Mowing
You should continue to mow and water your lawn throughout the fall. As the fall draws to a close and winter begins you should lower the blade on the mower to the lower setting. Then, run one or two cuts on the lawn.
This will help to ensure the grass gets enough sunlight before the winter begins.
Consider Aerating The Soil
Aerating your lawn is a great decision. Aeration can help oxygen, water and any fertilizer reach the roots of your lawn. You can purchase an aerator fairly cheaply, however, if you have a very large yard, or don’t feel like doing it yourself you should consider hiring a professional.
Rake The Leaves
Raking all of the leaves off your yard doesn’t sound like a fun weekend activity in anyone’s book, however if you want to have a healthy lawn, then it’s a step you don’t want to miss.
Make sure you rake the leaves as soon as they fall. If you wait too long the leaves will morph into an almost impenetrable wall of matter. This can turn your lawn into a breeding ground for disease.
Fertilize For The Future
If you’re going to fertilize your lawn at any point make sure you fertilize during the fall. During the fall the grass leaves slow their growth, but the roots still continue to grow at a steady rate.
As a result, applying fertilizer in the fall will go straight to the roots and help to lie a solid foundation come spring.
Fix Bald Spots
The fall is a perfect time to fill in any of the gaps or holes in your lawn. The easiest way to do this is with a lawn repair mixture. You can find this at most gardening and home repair stores. Of course, if you don’t want to handle this on your own you can always outsource the task to a lawn care professional.
Utilize The Power Of Weed Control
If annoying weeds such as dandelions have taken over your home it’s time to fight back. During the fall weeds are in an energy absorbing mode, like most plants. This means that if you apply a ween killing agent during the fall your lawn will be weed free come spring.
I hope this article has been helpful and you have a better understanding of what you’ll need to do in order to prep your lawn for winter, and ensure it remains healthy until spring.