Prep Your Lawn for Fall

Sep 18, 2023

         As the first day of fall rolls around this weekend, it’s time to start preparing your lawn for the cooler season. Proper fall lawn care is essential for ensuring a healthy, lush, and vibrant yard come springtime. With a few simple steps, you can help your lawn withstand the challenges of winter and emerge stronger than ever.
Mow your lawn
         Mowing your lawn until new growth starts to slow may seem obvious, but there is a science behind it. Lower the mower blade gradually with each mow to reduce the grass height slightly as the season progresses. A slightly shorter lawn going into fall helps prevent disease and pests, as long grass can trap moisture, leading to fungal issues.
Rake and remove debris
         Clear any leaves, twigs, or debris that have accumulated on your lawn. This may not be a hard job right now, but as the leaves start to fall, you will surely stay busy with this step! A thick layer of leaves, however, can smother your grass and create a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Consider composting the leaves for a nutrient-rich soil supplement.
Aerate your lawn
         Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow better air, water, and nutrient penetration. This process helps break up compacted soil and promotes root growth. You can rent or purchase a lawn aerator or hire a professional to do it for you.
Overseed bare spots
         Fall is an ideal time to overseed any bare or thin patches in your lawn. Speak with the lawn care experts at your local Co-op to choose a grass seed mix that is well-suited to your specific region and existing grass type. After overseeding, keep the area consistently moist until the new grass establishes itself.
Fertilize your lawn
         Fertilizing in the fall provides essential nutrients that your grass will store over the winter, ensuring quick growth in the spring. Choose a fertilizer with a higher ratio of nitrogen to promote healthy leaf growth. Apply the fertilizer according to the manufacturer’s instructions and be sure to water it well.
Control weeds
         Fall is an excellent time to tackle weeds. Weeds are often weaker in the fall and more susceptible to herbicides. Apply a selective herbicide to target broadleaf weeds but be cautious not to harm your grass. Follow the instructions on the product label for the best results.
Adjust your watering system
         As the temperatures cool in the fall, your lawn will require less water. Adjust your irrigation system or watering schedule accordingly. Water deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth and make your lawn more drought resistant.
Service your lawn equipment
         Once you are ready to put your lawn equipment away for the season, take the time to clean, sharpen, and perform any necessary maintenance. This will ensure that your equipment and tools are in good working order when spring arrives.
         Prepping your lawn for fall is an essential part of maintaining a healthy and beautiful yard year-round. Your local Co-op has all the supplies you need to ensure your grass emerges green and vibrant in the spring. Visit us for lawn equipment, rakes and other yard tools, seed, fertilizer, herbicides, and more. Find the nearest location here.
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