4 Helpful Tips For Fall Lawncare
The hottest months of the summer have come and gone – and if you’re a lawncare enthusiast, it’s time to start thinking about prepping your lawn for the winter.
Fall lawncare is absolutely critical for a healthy lawn – and if you take the right steps, you can ensure that your lawn makes it through the winter intact, and is lush and gorgeous once spring rolls back around. Here are some helpful tips for fall lawncare to help you get started!
- It’s Time To Aerate!
Fall is the perfect time to aerate your lawn, especially if you plan on fertilizing. Aeration can help break up clumps of dirt that form during dry summer months, and aid in your grass absorbing nutrients – which is very important during the cooler weather and lower-sunlight autumn months.
If you have an aerator, you can do this yourself. You can also rent an aerator from your local hardware store, or hire a landscaping contractor like O’Neill Landscapes to do it for you!
Keep Those Leaves Raked!
Yes, raking can be a serious pain in the neck, especially if you have a large number of trees, or a big property. But keeping your leaves raked is absolutely critical for your lawn’s health.
Leaf buildup can become wet and form a “mat” over the top of your lawn. This prevents your lawn from getting adequate sunlight, and encourages the formation of mold, fungus, and other dangerous diseases.
So keep that rake at the ready – and bag up those pesky leaves whenever you get a chance!
Fall Means Fertilizer!
Most lawncare experts agree that, if you only fertilize once per year, it should be in the fall. This is because, while your grass leaves are growing more slowly, the grass roots and rhizomes continue to grow normally. This means your grass can absorb the fertilizer that it needs to grow deep roots, and will be able to store nutrients that will be helpful during winter dormancy.
You’ll want to wait until mid-to-late fall, ideally. Use a spreader and a dry lawn fertilizer to cover your entire lawn, making sure you don’t miss any spots.
Got Weeds? Take ‘Em Down!
Broadleaf weeds such as dandelions are more vulnerable to weedkiller in the fall months. They’re in “energy-saving” mode, just like your grass – meaning they’ll absorb just about anything that comes their way, including herbicides.
And because dandelions have already spread their seeds by the autumn, taking them down with a smart weedkiller application will help prevent them from returning in the spring.
Though your specific instructions may vary (consult the bottle/package label) most herbicides are best used in the early to mid-autumn, as long as temperatures during the day remain above about 60°F.
Need Lawn Repair After A Long Summer? Contact O’Neill Landscapes Now!
Whether your lawn is still in good shape after the long Atlanta summer, or it’s in dire need of some TLC, O’Neill Landscapes is happy to help!
From expert lawn repair services to weekly raking, mowing, and lawn maintenance services, we do it all. So don’t go it alone this fall – partner with us to ensure that your lawn remains happy and healthy throughout the cooler months, and still looks gorgeous next spring!