The fall season is upon us and it’s time to think about preparing our lawns for a long winter slumber. Taking some time to prepare your lawn for winter will mean a more lush, green, and beautiful lawn come spring. So follow these lawn care tips and you’ll be sure to be the envy of the neighborhood next spring.
For many of us with cool-season grasses spring and fall are the seasons for growth. Early fall is a great time of the year to fertilize your cool-season grasses. You can use a weed and feed type fertilizer—which includes weed killer as well as lawn fertilizer such as Scotts brand—found at Brinkmann’s Hardware to help feed your lawn while treating post-emergent broadleaf weeds like dandelions. Cool-season lawns are going through the peak of their natural growth from late summer to early fall.
Now is a great time to use core aerators on your fall lawn. Wait until the soil is moist and run your aerator over it as you would a lawnmower. The aerator will pull small pieces of soil up to the surface which will help to break up the root and aerate the soil. You can either do this yourself or hire someone to do it for you. Either way, it’s an important step to maintaining healthy lawns.
Fall is the best time of year to re-seed your lawn. Warm soil surface and cool, wet weather mean that grass seed germinates particularly well in late summer and early fall. By over-seeding your lawn you’ll allow it to fill in any patches that have developed over the summer. You want a thick layer of grass by autumn so that in the spring the lawn will choke out the weeds and do a bit of its own weed control. Over-seeding or re-seeding is best done just after aeration. Be sure to rake up any and all leaves that have fallen before seeding, or they’ll choke out your lawn.
Finally, once you’ve done your fall fertilizing, aeration, and reseeding, it’s time to mow your lawn. You should mow your lawn through November with the final mowing being slightly shorter than usual to reduce damage from snow mold.
By following these simple tips you’ll find that by putting in just a little bit of work over the next two months you’ll have a greener, lusher lawn come spring.