Autumn, with its cool temperatures and soaking rains, is a great time to get your lawn ready to be green and healthy in the spring.
Here are 6 fall lawn care tips to help your grass bounce back quickly in the spring.
Don’t Stop Mowing
You may not be out enjoying your lawn much these days, but it’s still actively growing — so it still needs mowing. When you mow, cut no more than a third of the grass blades. If you leave it too long heading into winter, you invite diseases.
Once the lawn seems dormant, lower the mower deck a notch and mow one last time.
Remove Leaves From Your Lawn
This isn’t just to keep the neighbors from glaring at you. When leaves pile up on your lawn, they block sunlight. Once they get wet and stick together, they form a mushy carpet that will suffocate your grass and invite fungal diseases.
Rake and bag them, dump them in your compost pile or turn them into valuable mulch by mowing over them two or three times. Once they’re chopped into tiny pieces they’ll decompose and actually beef up your lawn’s structure.
Aerate The Soil
Maybe you meant to do this over the summer. Well, there’s still time to loosen compacted soil and let your lawn take a nice deep breath.
Over time, soil and the underlying thatch of your lawn can become compacted, which can seriously affect your lawn’s ability to thrive.
As soil becomes compacted, it can’t breathe. That means the roots of your grass won’t be able to absorb nutrients or water from the soil. So slowly, over time, it dies.
Aeration perforates 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. This is a bit of a hassle to do yourself, so it’s a great task for the professionals at Neave Lawn Care.
Feed, Feed, Feed
You might think spring when you think fertilizer, but experts say if you only do it once a year, fall is the time to feed your lawn.
As the weather gets cooler, the green blades of grass grow more slowly, but there’s plenty of action beneath the ground. The roots are growing quickly. That means they’re hungry.
Fertilize in the fall and you give those roots nutrients to grow nice and deep now, with some left over for a healthy start next spring.
Apply a dry lawn fertilizer in mid- to late fall.
Seed, Seed, Seed
Most grasses in New York and Connecticut grow best in cool weather. So fall is a great time to plant seed.
But don’t wait too late — your new grass will need about a month before the first frost to get established.
Attack Those Weeds
The weeds are winding down, which means fall is a great time to attack. Hit them with an herbicide or hunker down and yank them by hand.
Most herbicide manufacturers recommend applying the weed killer during early to mid-autumn, when daytime temperatures are above 60 degrees.
Neave Knows Lawn Care
Neave Lawn Care combines more than 40 years’ experience with the highest level of training in the industry. We boast the most prepared and professional staff in the New York and Connecticut area.
Neave experts are equipped to give your lawn everything it needs in the fall to prepare for a healthy green season come spring.
Our services include lawn analysis and monitoring; overseeding; aeration; weed control; insect and pest control and more.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.