Fall Lawn Maintenance Checklist

Pile of fall leaves with fan rake on lawn

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.

Images and Sources: DIY Network, This Old House, Thinkstock

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