The summer is quickly coming to an end, which means it’s time to get a head start on prepping your lawn for the winter. By doing proper lawn maintenance each year you will help keep your grass and plants healthy. Plus, you’ll avoid the extra costs associated with replacing any damage.
“Easy, end-of-summer yard work can dramatically improve the health of your yard,” said Jeff Linderman, an in-house landscaping expert with RepairClinic.com. “Spread out the work over a few weekends to save yourself time and energy. Doing this work now will provide a healthier yard when spring arrives,” he added.
Fall Lawn Maintenance Tips
Perk up your mulch
Simply taking a rake to perk up your mulch will help allow moisture to reach your plants.
Even out mulch around trees
For some reason a lot of people think the proper way to place mulch around trees is to pile it up like a mountain. This is actually wrong, because it only helps to attract pests. Instead, you need to even out the mulch while leaving a few inches between the trunk of the tree and the end of the mulch.
Figure out what type of fall fertilizer is best
If you talk to any lawn care specialist they will tell you that the fall is the most important time of the year for applying fertilizer. Fall fertilizer will help to make a healthy spring lawn. Head to your nearest lawn care center and ask them what the best type of fall fertilizer is for your area of the country and for your yard’s condition.
Re-seed dead areas of your lawn
If the summer heat has taken a toll on your lawn, you need to start thinking about putting down grass seed. Fall is the time to do this because you not only will have the cool fall temperatures to help promote growth, but you will also have the cool, wet spring acting as a second growing season.
Plant spring bulbs
While you might not think it’s important to start planning your spring flowers, it’s the perfect time to plant your spring bulbs. By planting bulbs in the fall you help to strengthen the roots.
For those of you who are unfamiliar aerating your lawn, this process helps to remove air from the soil and its surroundings. This is extremely important for growing healthy grass. Aeration can occur naturally, however, the combination of dead grass and other debris can make it tough to happen.
“Using a garden fork or professional aeration tool, remove small plugs of thatch and soil to foster natural aeration,” Linderman said. “Creating passageways will enable greater water intake, make way for valuable microorganisms and worms, maximize the benefits of fertilizer, promote healthier roots and make the lawn more heat and drought tolerant.”
Thatch is a layer of dead grass or debris on top of the soil. It prevents new grass from being able to grow, and blocks water from properly reaching the roots. It also produces fungal diseases. Removing thatch is as each as using a rake across your lawn.
Keep your grass at least 2 inches tall
If you are anything like most people, you are starting to get a little tired of mowing the lawn by the time fall gets here. You might think it’s OK to go ahead and lower your mower blade so you eliminate the need to mow as often. Shortening your grass will reduce energy available to obtain nutrients required for healthy root systems.
Stock up on burlap
Weeding the garden and flower beds is one of my least favorite gardening jobs to do. One great way to prevent weeds from growing is by laying burlap. Fall is the time to stock up, so you are prepared for the spring.
Prep gas powered lawn equipment for winter storage
Last but certainly not least, you need to prep all of of your gas powered lawn equipment for the long winter. Adding fuel stabilizer to new gas will help keep your equipment in good shape. Once you add the fuel stabilizer, make sure you run the piece of equipment for a couple of minutes, because this will help to prevent buildup within the carburetor.
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