Lawn Care Tips

Easy Fall Lawn Care Tips

You put a lot of care and effort into your lawn and you sweat over it all year long to keep it looking great. With cooler weather coming in, it is time to start preparing your southern grass. Cool-season turf grasses thrive in the cool weather and require less care. You can re-seed your lawn with cool season grass right before the weather starts to change so you have some cold season grass. On the other side of the coin, warm-season turf grasses grow best in the warm weather and will require more care and maintenance during the fall.

Fishers Lawn Care Basics

Regardless of the type of grass you have there are some basic care pointers you should keep in mind for fall care of your lawn and yard. Let’s look at these:

  • Apply herbicides that target broadleaf weeds as they can compete with the grass and kill it off and make it more susceptible to damage by the cold.
  • Correct soil pH to make sure the levels are good. In order to reduce acidity, apply lime and if the soils is too alkaline you should apply sulfur.
  • Dethatch and rake out the dead grass so that the new grass can grow in- especially if you are re-seeding during the fall.
  • Leaves and pine needles can be used to insulate the grass from frost and freezes but make sure it is not too thick or it can smother your grass and kill it.

Maintenance All Season Long 

For your lawn care schedule during the fall months you will need to consider these three basic points:

  • Watering schedule
  • Fertilizing technique
  • Setting mower height

Watering

Fall lawn care hinges on your grass getting enough water. Just because the weather is cooler, your lawn will still need some watering now and then. You won’t need to water like you did for the summer, but during dry spells it is important to remember to provide sufficient water.

Fertilizing

Another fall lawn care tip to keep in mind is the importance of special fall and winter fertilizer applications. It is widely recommended to apply 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. There are also many specially designed Winter Guard fertilizer. You will want to select a fertilizer that has a low phosphorus  number- such as an NPK fertilizer with a number of 32-0-10.

Cutting

The final point to remember is that the mowing requirement changes during the fall and winter because the grass is not actively growing. Adjusting lawn mower height is good because it keeps the grass at a healthy level and puts less stress on the grass during the cooler season. The best advice is to set the mower height to at least a half inch higher than normal to keep things easy to maintain. This will also help reduce plant stress and make your lawn healthier in the long run.

Conclusion

Following these simple fall grass care tips and keeping them in mind will help your lawn look great all fall season long! Many people find a great deal of pride and a sense of accomplishment in how great their lawn looks. During the fall months, when the weather gets colder, the nights grow longer, and the seasons change, this can be more difficult than ever. But by keeping the basic principles of watering, fertilizing, and cutting in mind and following the guidelines discussed here, you can maintain and healthy looking lawn all season long!  Be the envy of your neighbors and have them begging you for your fall lawn care secrets!

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