Just because the warm weather is dwindling doesn’t mean you are done caring for your lawn for the year! While many homeowners think the fall and winter are times to spend less time out in your yard, the opposite is true. To have a luscious and healthy lawn in the spring, it is important to keep up with your lawn care as winter approaches.
Follow these lawn care tips this fall to ensure your lawn stays looking great next spring:
One of the best ways to keep your yard looking healthy all year long is to fertilize and the fall is a crucial time to do this. The cooler weather can actually help your lawn absorb the fertilizer more efficiently and by feeding your lawn its proper nutrients, this helps it build up strength before the frosty, harsh winter.
After mowing and watering (if needed), this is the perfect time to fertilize your yard. You’ll also want to make sure you fertilize before the first frost and watch the weather to avoid fertilizing before a rainstorm. This will cause the fertilizer to run off your lawn and won’t do it much benefit.
Rake or Mow Your Leaves
We know raking your entire yard isn’t everyone’s idea of a fun, fall afternoon but it’s important to keep your yard clear of debris! If leaves get trapped under snow or just get wet from excessive rain, the leaves become wet and soggy. This leads to suffocating your yard and the leaves become much more difficult to manage. These trapped leaves can minimize sunshine to your lawn, which is important for all over growth and health.
To make it easier on yourself, don’t wait until all the leaves have fallen to rake your yard. Rake gradually, as long as your yard is clear before the first snowfall. If raking isn’t your thing, you can also mulch your leaves with a lawnmower. This is a particularly easier option if you have a large yard or are pressed for time in clearing your yard.
Get Rid of Weeds
To keep your lawn luscious and green, now is the perfect time to manage the weeds in your yard. Getting rid of weeds now means the recurring weeds won’t take hold of your yard later in the year. Common weeds that have the best success to kill in the fall include dandelions, clover and ground ivy.
Store Lawn Furniture
At this time of year, you probably won’t be hosting too many grill outs or outdoor events. So why leave your furniture out to potentially be ruined by the frost and snow? Bring your chair cushions inside and store up your grill and furniture until next year. Doing this early will set your mind at ease and you won’t need to worry about destroying your beautiful outdoor furniture set or your grass!
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