As the temperatures start to cool down and the leaves change color, take steps to ensure that your lawn stays healthy and green. Caring for the grass in the fall helps it grow back healthy and lush in the spring. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you maintain a healthy lawn this fall.
1. Keep Mowing in the Fall to Maintain a Healthy Lawn
Just because the weather is cooler doesn’t mean your grass will stop growing. Some types of grass grow more in the fall than in the summer heat. Continue to mow your lawn until the grass stops growing. Short grass struggles to photosynthesize, and blades that are too long block sunlight and moisture from reaching the soil and roots of the grass. Regular mowing will ensure the lawn stays healthy and looks its best.
2. Fertilize in the Fall
Fall is a great time to fertilize the lawn. Milder weather is less stressful for the grass, and more rain helps the fertilizer seep into the soil. Your grass will be well-nourished for the coming winter and have a head start next spring. Choose a fertilizer that is designed for use in the fall. If unsure, talk to a lawn and garden specialist at your local garden center or home improvement store.
3. Aerate and Seed in the Fall
Aerating your lawn loosens compacted soil which improves drainage and allows oxygen and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass. Seeding in the fall allows the new grass to grow strong roots and become established before winter. Both aerating and seeding contribute to an overall healthier appearance of your lawn.
4. Maintain a Healthy Lawn by Removing Fall Leaves
Leaves can be good for your lawn if allowed to decompose, providing nutrients to the soil. However, thick layers of leaves can kill the grass by blocking sunlight and hindering good air circulation. If you have a lot of fallen leaves on the lawn, remove them by regularly raking. Alternatively, mow the leaves with a mulching mower to help them break down more quickly.
By following these simple tips, you can help ensure the grass stays healthy and green all season long. Fall is one of the best times to take care of your lawn because cooler temperatures are less stressful for the grass, and the more frequent rains help fertilizer penetrate the roots. You’ll enjoy a beautiful green lawn all season long with these steps.