Rake in These Autumn Lawn Care Tips
Rake in the New Season
As beauti-fall as the autumn leaves are when they change color, it’s important to not let them linger on your lawn too long. Unmoved leaves can suffocate your grass and create a growing place for fungi. However, the best way to rake leaves is to be patient and work smart. Regularly clear pathways, but don’t rake your entire lawn every week. Instead, wait until a fair amount of the leaves have fallen to save you hours of labor.
When choosing where to put leaves after raking, collect small piles of leaves on top of tarps or pieces of plastic so you can easily transport them to their final destination. Making one, large pile, though fun to jump into, means you’ll have to put in extra effort to relocate the entire mound off your lawn.
Here’s the Mow-down
While grass grows slower in the colder months, it’s important to continue watering and cutting it to keep it healthy. Grass height in fall should be shorter than in spring and summer, so make sure to drop the mower blade so that your lawn is cut to about two inches tall. Doing this keeps your grass from being crushed by fallen leaves and winter snow while still allowing sunlight to reach each blade and help your yard not brown in the winter.
Sow to Grow
Continue your fall grass care by sowing seeds and fertilizing for future growth in the spring. Fertilizing your yard in autumn lets grass seeds grow deep roots and keep necessary nutrients through the colder winter months, helping it survive and grow healthier and earlier next spring.
Similarly, fall is a great time to fix any bald spots in your yard – raking the bare soil and laying new seed or sod to fill out your lawn. Sowing seeds this season also leads to fewer areas weeds can grow in your yard come springtime.
For your flower and tree beds, finish your landscape by adding a thin layer of soil or compost over your existing turf. Not only does this add organic matter to the soil and improve growing conditions, it lessens the need for fertilizer. Easily work the new layer into your existing soil by running a rake through it.
With these tips, your lawn will look unbe-leaf-ably stunning throughout the autumn months. Happy fall! Subscribe to our Blog via email