Getting Ready For Fall Lawn Care

By Allyn Paul, filed under Lawn Tips.

Up here in the Midwest, it has been dipping into the seventies these last few days, making me start to think of fall. Of course, there are lots of great events that happen in the fall including pumpkin carving, hayrides, leaf change, and hot apple cider. But more than any of these, I need you to work in your yard this fall to get it back in shape after the long stressful summer.

Here are some of the most basic, yet most important fall tasks you should put on your lawn care list.

1) Core Aeration: If you read this lawn blog often, you know that I mention core aeration every spring and every fall. That is because it is an essential procedure no matter what condition your turf is in right now. Aeration removes plugs from the lawn, opening up the root system to air, water and nutrients allowing it to spread and thicken. Aeration also relieves soil compaction that occurs from summer heat and foot traffic.

2) Fall Seeding: I also recommend you over seed your lawn right after the aeration. It is always a good idea to add fresh grass cultivars to your lawn. This helps keep things healthy and new and new grass varieties are more disease and drought resistant.

3) Fall Fertilization: The last piece of the fall lawn care pie is the fertilizing. We want to use a good, balanced fertilizer that contains equal amounts of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. These elements will encourage the roots to spread even more, especially after the aeration.

These are really simple tips and not Earth shattering, but I assure you they are very important. Set a schedule now of when you’ll get them completed, starting anytime in September.


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