If you want a lush-green lawn all-year round, the fall is not the time to take a break from your gardening duties. No worries though, these tips on lawn care in the fall are easy and cheap.You’re on the right track if you decide to manage your lawn using organic methods. Organic lawns are more resilient to pests, diseases, and extreme weather conditions. The secret to keeping your lawn green and beautiful is by doing offensive measures.You must anticipate problems which may arise so you won’t need chemical solutions. Do the following tips for your lawn to become strong and healthy in preparation for winter.
Lawn Care Materials:
• Mowers• Garden rake• Garden hose or sprinklers• Organic fertilizers• Aerator spike shoes
1. Continue Mowing
During the fall, you have to mow consistently every week. Mowing allows sunshine to reach more parts of your lawn. It activates photosynthesis thereby promoting growth. As the season comes to an end, change your mower’s setting down to its lowest setting for your last two mowing sessions. Just remember not to trim above 1/3 of the grass blades for each mowing time.
2. Water Deep, Less Frequent, and in Early Mornings
This season, quality watering is more important than its frequency. You have to water deep because you need to penetrate the roots, not just the blades. Water early morning so that the grass can use the moisture efficiently. The plants close their pores at mid-day so you’ll just waste water if you water when the sun is up high.
3. Remove Leaves
Rake leaves at least every 5 days. Don’t wait till all the leaves have fallen from the trees. By the time you do, the damage has already been done by the uncollected leaves. The fallen leaves block the sunlight which is crucial for your turf’s health. It will encourage the growth of molds and diseases if left to rot on your lawn.
The fall is a good time to fertilize to recover from summer and to prepare for winter. Your lawn has different nutrient needs each month.On September, the grasses need high Nitrogen content. Nitrogen is essential for the green pigmentation and growth of leaf blades. It is also needed to recover from environmental stress. Alfalfa meal, soy meal, and cottonseed meal are examples of organic fertilizers rich in Nitrogen.On October, your lawn mostly needs Potassium. This element is needed for the grasses to be resilient against cold and diseases. It boosts root development, allowing the roots to be secured firmly into the soil. Wood ash, kelp meal, and greensand are some organic sources of Potassium.
5. Fill Bare Spots
Bald spots on your lawn are eyesores. Don’t wait till springtime to fix them! They’ll just get worst.
To fix the bare spots you need compost and grass seeds. First, you need to clear the area. Remove the dead grass and everything that will prevent the seeds from having a good soil contact. Then spread a thin layer of compost around the area. Next, spread the seeds abundantly until every surface is covered. Water the newly planted seeds and keep it constantly moist for 7-10 days. This will ensure that the seeds will successfully germinate.If you don’t want to target specific spots, you can also overseed by spreading the seeds all over your lawn.
6. Control Weeds
Before winter starts, manage the weeds on your lawn so they won’t multiply when spring comes. Weed control can be as simple as uprooting them. Remove every weed as soon as you see one. Remove the weeds while they are young with a shorter root system. Pull up the weeds when the soil is wet for it to be pulled up easier. You can do it right after a rain or run the sprinkler for a while if there’s no rain. You can also do weed preventive measures like mulching.
7. Aerate the Soil
It is best to aerate the soil before seeding to maximize the benefits. Aeration is needed for nutrients and water to be absorbed by the roots more effectively.You can use lawn aerator spike shoes to for aeration if your lawn is not too wide. You just wear the sandals then walk around your lawn until all area is covered. You can even use it while mowing to finish two tasks at the same time.
To care for your lawn during fall, you have to continue mowing, water deeply, remove leaves, fertilize, fill bare spots, control weeds, and aerate the soil. The bottom line is to help your lawn recover from summer heat and prepare it for winter.Did you enjoy this tutorial? Let me know what you think in the comment section! If you liked this article, feel free to share it!
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