Growing a lush green lawn doesn’t have to be all that difficult and you don’t have to have a green thumb to make your lawn the envy of your neighbors. That being said, keeping your lawn in pristine condition does require a bit of time and effort. In this sense, one of the very best things you can do for your lawn is to take a few extra steps to help it make the transition from the hot summer to the cooler fall weather. By following these simple steps, you’ll not only ensure your lawn continues looking good into the fall, but also help to boost its growth so it looks its best when spring and summer finally roll back around.
1- Adjust Your Lawn Maintenance Routine
One of the most important lawn care tips to remember is that your lawn maintenance routine should change along with the season. Once summer starts to end and fall begins to roll around, it’s always a good idea to make a few minor adjustments to your maintenance routine. For starters, you’ll want to start mowing your lawn slightly shorter during the fall than you did during the summer as this will help to prevent the grass from becoming matted and starting to decompose once it begins to become covered with leaves. In addition, the lower temperatures in the fall means you won’t need to water your lawn nearly as often. Depending on the local climate, you can usually get away with watering only once or maybe twice a week. When you do water, make sure to do it early in the morning as this helps to prevent fungal infections.
2- Don’t Forget to Fertilize
Many people tend to neglect their lawns once the colder weather begins to set in. However, the roots of your lawn still require lots of nutrients even once the grass itself has stopped growing. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you fertilize your lawn early in the fall to ensure that the roots receive a boost of nutrients to hold them over throughout the winter. In addition to fertilizing, laying down a thin layer of compost, mulch or other organic material provides nutrients while also helping the soil to retain water and maintain a steadier temperature.
3- Aerate for Improved Root Health
If you use your lawn much during the summer, the soil can quickly become compacted. Over time, soil compaction can severely harm your lawn’s growth potential by limiting the supply of nutrients, oxygen and water that can reach the roots. Mechanical aeration helps to eliminate these issues associated with soil compaction. With mechanical aeration, hundreds or thousands of small holes are punched into the soil to help loosen it. By aerating your lawn at the end of the summer, you can ensure that the roots have easy access to the necessary water, oxygen and nutrients they need to stay healthy throughout the winter and grow strong the next summer.
4- Over-Seeding to Boost Growth
Seeding your lawn is obviously the easiest way to help fill in bald patches or thin growth. However, seeding actually provides numerous benefits even to the fullest, healthiest lawn. By spreading a heavy layer of grass seed during the late summer, you can provide a huge boost to your lawn the next spring. Even with a well-established lawn, dormant seeding can result in much thicker, healthier and lusher growth. In addition, over-seeding can also help to cut down on your lawn maintenance tasks the following year by helping to ensure that weeds don’t invade any thin or patchy areas of the grass. When seeding, it is essential that you make sure to do it a few weeks before the first frost in order to give the seeds plenty of time to establish themselves before the cold weather sets in. As well, it is essential that you fertilize the lawn prior to seeding to ensure that the soil has all the nutrients the seeds need.
As you can see, transitioning your lawn from summer to fall is actually quite easy. Generally speaking, you should easily be able to take care of all of these tasks in just one day or over the weekend. Considering the huge benefits that these tasks can provide, it should be immediately apparent that they’re well worth the extra time and effort.