Fall isn’t that far off, and as the weather starts to cool down, it’s important to know how you should transition your regular lawn maintenance and care routines for the new season. The best way to keep your grass green and healthy all year is to give it some properly timed care all year long, especially in the fall, with help from lawn equipment rental in Monroe, LA.
Here are a few lawn care tips for you to follow this fall to ensure you get a lush, beautiful lawn that comes back in the spring.
Get the leaves off your lawn! Sure, the autumn leaves may add some nice color to your lawn, but they can damage your grass, because they trap moisture and block the sunlight from reaching the grass, the combination of which can kill the grass underneath. For this reason, you should make sure you rake or blow your leaves away as quickly and as often as you can when leaves start to pile up in your yard. A failure to do so could result in dead grass next spring.
A surprising number of people stop watering their lawns once the weather cools down. Just because the air is cooler does not mean the grass suddenly doesn’t need to be watered any more. If you’re not getting enough water from rain and dew, then you need to continue watering your lawn to make sure it stays hydrated and healthy.
Aerating your lawn once every couple of years can prevent it from becoming compacted and thatched. Thatch prevents water, nutrients and oxygen from getting down into the soil, which can result in patchy grass. An aerator punches holes through the thatch and down into the soil, pulling up some plugs that allow air and moisture to seep through. Because aeration is ideally performed right before fertilization, the fall is a great time to get it done, considering that’s one of the times of year in which you should be fertilizing your lawn.
As briefly mentioned above, fertilizing during the fall is one of the best ways to ensure the long-term health of your lawn. Grass roots will need water and nutrients to last through the winter and come back in great condition in the spring. A slow-release granular fertilizer late in the fall is a great way to keep your lawn happy and healthy and ready to come back next year.
Just because the summer is almost over does not mean it’s time for you to stop mowing the lawn. You should continue to cut your grass as long as it continues to grow. Usually the first frost will be when the growing stops for the season. You may not need to cut the grass as often when the weather cools down, but you should still try to keep it at about two and a half to three inches in height. You don’t want to let it get too long, or else it will be vulnerable to fungi.
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