From the Desk of Ed Hume: Fall Lawn Care

September 15, 2010 at 12:00 AM Leave a comment

Now that Summer is coming to an end, it seems like one should be able to sit back and let the lawn begin its Winter rest cycle.  Not so!  The Fall is one of the most important times for feeding your lawn.  By fertilizing the lawn now (or between now and Thanksgiving) you encourage additional root growth.  Keep in mind, the better the root system that is developed this Fall and Winter, the more strong and durable the turf will be throughout the entire year.

TYPE OF FERTILIZER: Fertilize the lawn with a Fall or Winter type of lawn food.  Many fertilizers are specially formulated for feeding at this time of year.  The nutrient formulas used usually encourage slow root development, good greening, and minimal top growth.  After all, who wants to be out mowing the lawn every week or so during the remainder of the Fall and Winter?

CUTTING THE LAWN: You may also want to cut the grass a bit shorter at this time of year.  If the grass is cut too high, it tends to lay down and is more susceptible to diseases.  Plus, it doesn’t look nearly as nice.  If the grass is in need of mowing but is wet, simply pull a hose or rope over the area and that will knock the moisture off the grass blades.  Then in fifteen minutes to a half-hour later, the grass should be dry enough to mow.

FALLEN LEAVES: As the leaves begin to fall off of deciduous trees and shrubs, you will want to rake or blow them off the lawn with a power blower.  Otherwise, if they get very wet they are apt to sit on top of the grass and turn it brown in the spots where they lay.

SEEDING A NEW LAWN: September and earliest October are considered one of the best times of the entire year to reseed bare spots in the lawn or even seed an entire lawn.

THATCHING: Many specialists recommend thatching (aerating) lawns at this time of the year.  I am not one of them! It has been my experience that the lawn is too slow to recover and as a result it looks ugly (like the Mojave dessert) for weeks.  I would suggest you wait until Spring to accomplish this task if it’s needed.

Remember, the lawn is the framework for your entire landscape.  Take a little time to give it the care it needs this Autumn.

-Ed

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