Ahh, the cooler temperatures of fall are near. Time to kick back, stop worrying about your lawn and relax, right? Wrong. Fall is actually the exact time you want to pay attention to your lawn to ensure a beautiful, healthy spring lawn. The lawn experts at Ashton Walden Turf Services have compiled a list of five key things you want to do in the fall to give your lawn the edge come spring.
Feed Your Lawn
Autumn is the very best time to feed your lawn. Why? In the fall, grass blades start to grow more slowly as the weather turns cool. The roots, however, continue to grow quickly. Fertilizer sends those roots the extra nutrients they need to grow deeper and be stronger. They also store the nutrients and keep them on reserve for when they will need them in the spring allowing your spring lawn to green up faster.
Fall Is the Best Time to Fight Weeds
Many homeowners don’t realize it, but fall is the best time to fight weeds. In the fall, weeds are also preparing for the long winter. They are trying to absorb all of the energy and nutrients as well. That means that any herbicide you apply will be absorbed readily making it more effective. Applying herbicide now will keep most weeds from returning in the spring.
Help Your Lawn Breathe
Aeration is recommended in the fall to help your lawn breathe. Soil gets compacted as it sits and this is not good for the grass and its roots. Aeration removes small plugs of grass and soil along with the thatch above it. This allows more room for the roots to grow and also allows oxygen, water, and nutrients to get down to the roots easier.
Fix any Lawn Damage
Fall is the best time to fix any thin or bare patches in your lawn. Scratch the surface so the seed gets good contact with the soil and be sure to water regularly. When choosing grass seed, be sure to check the label to make sure it reads 0% weed seed and 0% other crop. Otherwise, you may be adding weeds to your lawn. If your entire lawn looks thin or weak, overseed with annual ryegrass. Your Bermudagrass goes dormant and turns brown in the winter months. If you overseed with annual ryegrass, the ryegrass will stay green during the cooler months of spring, then die out once it gets hot – just in time for your Bermudagrass to start turning green.
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