Here in Woodstock, GA, we have a relatively mild climate. Despite a pretty agreeable range of year-round temperatures, north Georgia isn’t so far south that we don’t get to enjoy the brilliant oranges and fiery reds of autumn foliage. Now that Labor Day has come and gone, the season is changing, and fall is just around the corner. For the next six months or so, your lush summer lawn will basically go into dormancy, but fall is still a great time to focus on taking care of your lawn. These 5 helpful lawn care tips can help you keep your grass in great condition, ensuring a full and thriving lawn next spring.

1 – Don’t stop mowing your lawn yet.

In the dead of winter, mowing the lawn is one chore you don’t have to deal with. But during the autumn season, you should continue to mow and water as needed to keep your lawn healthy. As the temperatures drop and the leaves start changing color, you’ll probably need to mow less often. Early spring, just after any potential for a cold freeze, you can scalp the lawn. This helps ensure that the crown of the grass receives maximum sunlight, while also minimizing the amount of leaf available to turn visibly brown over the winter.

2 – Aerate the soil.

Fall in Woodstock GA is an ideal time to aerate the soil in your fescue lawn with our hassle-free aeration services. The aeration machine pokes holes in the soil, removing plugs of dirt. Here in northern Georgia, our red clay soils benefit immensely from occasional aeration, as they’re prone to compaction over time.   We offer lawn aeration for bermuda and zoysia grass during the spring season.

3 – Apply fertilizer.

The roots of grasses used in home lawns keeps growing until ground temperatures reach 40 degrees or below, meaning that it’s still active for most of the fall season. Applying a phosphorus-rich fertilizer mix in the fall encourages root growth, allowing your lawn to start turning green earlier in the spring.

4 – Collect and remove fallen leaves.

If you have deciduous trees on your property, it’s important to remove their fallen leaves. If left alone, the decaying leaves get moist from rain and dew, sticking together in a thick mat. This suffocates the grass beneath, as well as providing a breeding ground for fungal pathogens that attack plants.

5) Spread grass seeds and fill in bald spots.

Fall is a good time to fill in bald spots in your lawn, as well as overseeding areas of growth. Dense lawns provide protection against dandelions and other weeds. During the fall, the ground is still relatively warm, but the sun isn’t as hot during the day. The seeds need to be in full contact with the soil, and they need to stay suitably moist until they germinate. You want the new grass seeds to become established before it gets too cold.

By taking care of your lawn properly throughout the fall season, before winter sets in, you’ll ensure a full, thriving lawn in the early spring.