The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are falling, and winter is on its way. (We’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but we must accept reality!)
Many homeowners believe that once the weather cools down, there’s no need to care for your lawn until next spring.
This. Couldn’t. Be. More. Wrong.
If you want to have a beautiful, green lawn next spring, then you’re going to have to do some fall prep NOW!
Start Mulching Your Leaves
The days of raking your leaves should come to an end because it’s a chore that’s not needed. No, we’re not saying to leave a layer of leaves on your lawn — that will end up blocking out sunlight, retaining moisture, and contributing to diseases your lawn can contract.
What you should be doing is mulching these leaves into coin-sized pieces. These shredded up leaves will eventually be broken down by the soil, leaving you without a bad back from raking all day long.
Give Your Lawn a Feeding
If you want your grass to be strong and green next spring, you’re going to want to feed your lawn now with a “weed and feed.” This will help kill any weeds and nourish the soil with the nutrients it needs to grow after dormancy.
Each lawn should be fed at the beginning of fall (ideal for killing weeds) and again later in the fall (roughly 8 weeks later) so the soil can store energy over the dormancy period.
Continue to Mow Your Lawn
Mowing should not stop just because the temperature has cooled down. Now that fall is here, you’re going to want to lower your lawnmower’s blade height by an inch. Continue to mow your lawn throughout the fall with a lower blade up until the end of fall when the grass becomes dormant and stops growing.
Once the grass stops growing, lower your lawnmower’s blade height by another half-inch or inch, and give it one final mow. After this, you can clean off your lawnmower and store it for the winter.
Taking care of the lawn in the fall is just as important as taking care of it during the spring and summer.
This way you can have the best looking lawn on the block without ever having to lift a finger — other than when you dial our number to give us a call!
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