The time to prep your yard for the spring is now! We’ve put together this handy checklist so you can get a head-start on your fall lawn maintenance:
- Rake those leaves! Put those leaves in a compost pile, use as mulch, or place a layer over your flower beds to create a winter blanket.
- Keep on mowing! Grass continues to grow until the first hard frost, so it needs to continue to be cut. But don’t cut it too short! Keep it at a height of 2 1/2-3 inches.
- Water the grass, too! At least until the end of October. Come November 1st, you’ll want to disconnect any irrigation systems to avoid frozen pipes or spigots.
- Aerate! Fall is also the perfect time of year to aerate your lawn. The holes aeration puts in your lawn allows moisture and nutrients to get right down to the roots.
- Fertilize and sow! Cool season grasses, like fescue and rye, are perfect to sow now, as the fall temperatures give them time to germinate and develop a good root system before the harsh temperatures of winter. Fertilizing turf grasses now gives them plenty of time to store nutrients during the winter months leading to a better looking lawn in the spring.
- Trim branches! If you have any dead branches or tree limbs, trim them now to avoid them coming down and causing damage in the winter.
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