As days shorten and temperatures descend, it becomes time to implement fall lawn maintenance to prepare your home for the upcoming winter, when your lawn goes dormant.
Fall Lawn Care Tips
Fertilizing is essential during the fall months. Fertilization of your lawn can provide an additional nutrient boost to be stored and used during the dormancy period. Throughout the winter, roots will keep growing and utilize these stored nutrients until the spring.
Seeding increases turf density. It improves the overall appearance and health of your yard. Seeding in fall can also help the yard recover from heavy use during the summer and has an effect on the way the lawn will look during the upcoming spring. The best natural defense against insect and weed damage is a dense lawn.
Fall is also a good time to aerate your lawn. Lawn aeration fights grass compaction from summer traffic and promotes uptake of oxygen and nutrients.
When leaves start falling, blow or rake the yard clean once per week at minimum. Making sure your yard is free of leaves not only improves appearance, but influences the health of your yard. Leaves block out sunlight, which your lawn needs in the fall as it stores up food for winter dormancy.
Fall is also a good time to contact Heinen to apply grub control and treat your lawn for other potential pests. Waiting for spring to arrive before this treatment can lead to negative implications on your turf. Call Heinen for a free Lawn Evaluation and discover what could be hiding in your lawn.