Fall Lawn Care
It’s Time to Start Thinking Ahead
The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and the leaves are even starting to change their hue. There’s no denying it: fall is just over the horizon. Although it’s tempting to ignore the inevitable and keep living like summer will never end, your lawn needs you now more than ever.
Fall lawn care is an essential part of a full-circle lawn care plan. If you desire a green, healthy, lush lawn come springtime – without all of the backbreaking labor and costly landscaping – then it is important that you make your lawn top priority over the next several weeks. Fall is the ideal season to rejuvenate your lawn and give it what it needs before the long winter ahead.
Weed Man Madison, WI has outlined a comprehensive fall lawn care plan below. By following these guidelines and speaking to your local Weed Man professional, you can help your lawn combat the stresses of the upcoming months and look its best when spring arrives.
Fall Lawn Care Plan:
Core aeration is an effective, budget-friendly way to revitalize your lawn. Following a summer full of outdoor activity, the soil on your lawn may feel hard to the touch. This is because it has been packed down by a high volume of foot traffic. Not to worry – aeration can help. During the process of aeration, plugs of soil are removed from the lawn to improve the movement of air, water and nutrients throughout the soil. This alleviates soil compaction by providing “vents” through which your lawn can breathe, allowing the grass plant’s root system to grow deeper and stronger. The result is a hardy lawn that is better able to withstand common turf stressors.
Does your lawn feature thinning grass, bare patches or signs of drought stress? Consider treating your turf to an overseeding from Weed Man Madison, WI. Overseeding involves sowing additional seed over existing lawn grasses, which, in turn, thickens up the turf and allows it to fight back against damage and disease. When performed in conjunction with fall aeration, overseeding can have incredible results, as both services help re-build a lawn’s foundation before the harsher months ahead. Overseeding should be done in the fall, while the air is cool and the soil is still warm.
The majority of lawn care experts agree that the last application of fertilizer of the year has the most impact on home lawns. This means that even if you fertilized your lawn this past spring, you should strongly consider a final feeding before winter hits. Fall fertilizers have multiple benefits:
- They feature a high concentration of potassium, aiding in the cold hardiness of your turf
- They allow your lawn to store vital nutrients for the winter
- They encourage a healthy, thriving root system
Timing is everything. If fertilizer is applied too early, it can lead to harmful turf diseases and winter injury. It is best to apply fall fertilizer just before grass stops growing – usually between mid to late November.
Don’t let the fear of fall cause you to retreat indoors this year. Enjoy your outdoor space for as long as possible and keep giving your lawn the care that it needs.
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