We’re getting our first taste of fall! Cooler temperatures, football, and the changing of the leaves are all things that we have to look forward to in the coming months. Without the scorching heat it is a great time of year to get out in your yard and prepare your lawn for the cold months ahead. Cooler weather allows your grass to focus on root growth and build up density. The more preparation you do in the fall, the healthier and greener your lawn will be in the spring.
Things to do in the fall for a healthy lawn in the spring:
- Fall is the best time to target weeds. This is the time to apply herbicides to broadleaf weeds.
- If your soil is in need of a reduction in acidity, apply lime. If you’re not sure, have a lawn care company perform a soil test.
- Make sure to rake up any leaves that have fallen onto your lawn.
- Water during warm spells only. Watering isn’t as necessary in the cooler months as it is in warmer months. Be sure to water when temperatures are unusually high.
- Fertilize your lawn if you have cool season grass such as fescue.
- Raise the height on your lawn mower. Do not over cut the lawn.
- Grass clippings can be beneficial this time of year. Leave clippings where they fall unless a large amount has been cut.
- Overseeding should be done to fix bare patches in lawn or to keep lawn looking green throughout the winter.
- Call a lawn care company such as Northwest that can come assess your lawn and let you know what steps should be made in the fall to be sure that you have a healthy, green lawn in the spring and summer.