Wondering how to prepare your lawn for the fall and winter? Here are a few of the most important things to keep in mind over the next couple of months.
Keep Mowing Your Lawn in the Fall
Just because the hot weather is gone doesn’t mean it’s time to stop mowing your grass. Your grass will continue to grow for a bit longer, so you’ll need to keep an eye on it. You’ll probably find yourself having to mow it less often than the middle of the summer, but it still needs to be cut.
For the last 2-3 times you mow, lower the blade so the grass gets cut low. You don’t want to be cutting more than ⅓ of the grass at a time, so if necessary you can consider lowering the blade by one notch each mowing until eventually you’re at the lowest setting. Keeping the grass short will help prevent it from browning as much during the winter.
Rake Leaves ASAP
It can be tempting to wait until the majority (or all) of the leaves have fallen off the trees in your hard. The idea is you think you can save yourself some time by only raking once or twice instead of consistently throughout the fall.
Unfortunately that’s not the best thing for your grass. The lowest layer of leaves can get wet and start falling apart. This will eventually turn into a breeding ground for fungus and can suffocate your grass.
Aerate Your Lawn
This is a popular time for homeowners to aerate their lawn. This essentially takes small clumps of dirt out of the grass, making it easier for fertilizer to reach your grass roots. It also helps the roots absorb more air and water.
In general, you have two options. The first option is renting an aerator for the day. You can even go in on it with a few neighbors, splitting the cost to be a great value for everyone. The other option is paying a local landscaping company to aerate the grass for you.
Grow Grass in the Bald Spots
The fall is a great time to fill in the bald spots of your yard. It’s common to get these bald spots due to everything from excessive shade from trees to pets constantly urinating in the same spot.
Check out your local DIY store for options. One popular method is an all-in-one lawn repair mix. This typically includes fertilizer, grass seed and a mulch. Just make sure you get the right kind to match your grass in that part of the lawn.
Clean Your Tools
Some tools just won’t be used in the wintertime. This will help prevent the tools from rusting out after months of not being used.
The fall is also a good time to winterize your lawn mower by adding some fuel stabilizer and sharpening the blades. That way the mower is ready to go when the spring hits and it’s time to start maintaining the yard more consistently again.
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