With autumn in full swing, homeowners are trying their best to care for their lawns in accordance with the changing season.
Parents are busy with back to school activities, employees are worried about the end of the year bonus or raise, and with all that going on it’s difficult to take the time needed to prep your lawn for fall.
Here are 7 tips that New Life Rockeries values that you can follow this fall to maintain your yard and make sure that it is ready for spring. This list can serve as your ultimate guide for fall lawn maintenance this year.
1. Mulch/Rake Your Leaves
Autumn leaves, while beautiful and aesthetically pleasing for a period of time, are very damaging to your lawn. Allowing leaves to remain on your lawn will almost certainly suffocate your beautiful grass.
The leaves will block sunlight from reaching your grass and when it frosts the leaves die and kill your grass.
Rake your leaves away and have them mulched to avoid damaging your lawn.
2. Put Away Lawn Furniture
Since you likely won’t be using your lawn furniture over the fall and winter, it’s wise to stow it away.
Stowing your furniture will ensure that it remains in good condition until the following spring and will keep your furniture from sinking into your lawn and causing deep holes that are difficult to repair.
3. Repair Any Dead Zones
Summertime often comes with yard activities or equipment that could create dead zones throughout your lawn.
Some of your fall yard clean up should involve repairing any dead zones that have been created over the summer.
An important fall lawn care tip, repairing dead zones means that when spring rolls around your yard is already prepared and the added grass will have had time to grow and blend in with the rest of the grass.
4. Aerate Soil
Aerating your lawn allows oxygen, water, and fertilizer to reach the roots — resulting in a more healthy lawn.
Fall is the perfect time to aerate as it prepares your lawn for the winter and makes your lawn extra healthy (because it allows essential fertilizer and nutrients to reach the roots). Aerating your lawn doesn’t take too long and is one of the best ways to prepare your home and lawn for fall.
While you’re prepping your lawn for fall, look into getting your yard fertilized. Grass growth is slowed in cold weather, which necessitates that you fertilize.
Beneath the surface, your grass is still growing rapidly and you want to make sure your roots aren’t starving.
Fall is perhaps the most important time of year to fertilize your lawn as your grass will need those essential nutrients to last the winter and to ensure healthy growth in the spring.
Seed in thin spots. Having a thick lawn is one of the best deterrents of weeds.
Seeding will also ensure that your lawn is healthy and thick when spring rolls around again. Fall is the best time to seed your grass since the weather is still warm during the day without being overly hot like summer.
A skilled landscaping crew can get the job done in a minimal timeframe. They will make sure that your lawn is seeded properly and is prepared for fall and will also ensure that the job is properly done.
7. Winterize Irrigation
One of the best fall yard care tips to do before winter is in full force is winterize your irrigation. Winterizing your lawn for fall and winter is essential in the Pacific Northwest.
Leaving your irrigation pipes with water sitting in them during the fall and winter when temperatures start freezing will result in your irrigation pipes bursting and damaging not only your lawn irrigation but also your yard itself.
Hiring a skilled landscaping crew to help you with winterizing your landscape to prep for fall will benefit your yard and ensure that you don’t have to deal with burst plumbing or similar predicaments throughout the season.
Burst pipes result in expensive and stressful repairs needing to be made. It is much more difficult and more expensive for a crew to go in and replace or repair damaged irrigation systems than it is for landscapers to drain and winterize your irrigation.
Work With A Landscaping Crew Near You!
New Life Rockeries has faithfully been helping homeowners in the Pacific Northwest prepare their lawns for fall.
We have an expert team of landscapers who understand how to make fall landscaping efficient and convenient for homeowners. If you have fall landscape questions or want to schedule a time for our crew to come and prep your yard for fall, contact us today.
Our landscaping professionals would be more than happy to answer your fall maintenance questions or set up a time to complete your project.