Lawn Care in Fall: Lawn Maintenance and Fertilizing Tasks To Follow For A Lush Lawn

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Posted by Julien Stern | Posted in landscaping | Posted on 25-08-2017

Did you know that the best way to ensure a thick, green, and healthy lawn in the spring is to give it some proper care in the fall? Yep, that’s right – lawn care experts can say a BIG yes to that. If you think that the end of summer is also the end of maintaining your lawn, then you’re definitely wrong. It doesn’t mean that when it’s autumn, your lawn requires fewer cars, in fact, just the opposite true. Fall is an ideal time to prepare your lawn for the next spring and since fall is already upon us, then you better start giving your lawn the tender, loving care that it needs.

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Furthermore, you might be asking why? Well, here’s the explanation. When fall comes, the grass in your lawn is actively absorbing energy, moisture, and nutrients in preparation for a long, dormant winter. So, don’t make the most common mistake among domestic lawns or landscapes. All the more, you should start paying attention to what you have to do this season. It’s the perfect time of the year when you should be doing lawn maintenance. You should have high regards to weed control, defining lawn edges and proper mowing because during fall season the grass goes dormant and it should be taken care of, failure to do these tasks will result in the formation of moss, withering of grass and thatch. Aside from these, there are other key points or tasks that you should concentrate on.

 

No worries, though. This article will help you understand and learn more about proper lawn care as well as an essential part of it – fertilizing. Now, as we’ve mentioned previously, there are lawn care tasks that you should attend to. So, let’s discuss the main tasks to upkeep your lawn.

 

  1. Rake The Leaves

This season, a lot of leaves will certainly fall on your lawn – it may look like a good addition to color, but it’s not. Raking the leaves don’t even scream fun, but you have to do it as often as you can. Fallen leaves block the light and trap moisture which will affect the growth of your turf underneath. Aside from that, if the leaves will become wet from rain and morning dew, it will turn into a soggy mat that will suffocate the grass and breed fungal diseases that will lead to the death of the grass as well as other plants around it. So, don’t wait for the leaves to pile up – rake them immediately and avoid decaying mat to cause any harm.

 

 

  1. Aerate The Soil

Fall is also an ideal time to loosen your soil and let it breathe. Doing aeration once every couple of years allows water, oxygen, and nutrients from reaching the soil faster. If not, your soil will form become compressed and covered with a layer of thatch (excessive accumulation of dead organic matter on your lawn such as stems, roots, and leaves, etc.) which will hinder all the nourishment that your lawn needs. In order to do this, you can manually a border fork into the soil, or use a hollow tiner, which pulls out plugs of soil. On the other hand, if you prefer to do it in a faster way, you can rent or purchase a gas-powered, walk-behind lawn aerator.

 

  1. Fill In Thin Or Bald Spots

Did you see any thin or bald spots in your lawn recently? Then fill them up this fall. One way to do this is to reseed your lawn to make it dense. After aerating your soil, it’s best to start spreading seed to your existing turf this fall because the ground is still warm, it’s not so hot during the day, moisture is ample and the nights are cool. Using a garden rake, loosen the soil at the thin or bald spot in your lawn then spread certified seeds (almost purely grass seed with very little weed seeds and no fillers) or you can opt for lawn repair mixtures, just check and ask local garden shops for these.

 

  1. Don’t Slack On Watering

Now, after you have done tips #2 and #3, the next thing you have to do is to continue watering your lawn. Watering is essential for the grass to flourish especially after reseeding your soil. When the temperature gets cooler, it’s paramount to keep the grass roots and all evergreens sufficiently watered in order to avoid dehydration in the winter which is why regular watering is required. To do this, you can install sprinklers or irrigation system and keep them working until the end of October. You should only stop watering your lawn when the ground freezes, regardless of the snowfall that you anticipate.

 

  1. Get Rid Of Weeds

Alright, even if the temperature drops and the weather get colder, weeds are still as annoying as ever. Weeds compete with the grass in your lawn in terms of absorbing nutrients, energy, and water, and that’s not good in keeping your lawn healthy. Landscape professionals suggest that keeping a dense lawn is one of the most effective ways to keep the weeds out and you can ensure that by following all the steps that we’ve mentioned previously. Aside from that, you can also get rid of weeds using herbicides – just make sure that you read and understand the instructions found on the label. Or, you can do it naturally, which is preferable in order not to affect the grass.

 

  1. Keep On Mowing

Regardless of the cold temperature, you have to continue mowing your lawn. If you let the grass blades grow too long, it’ll shade other blades around them as well as competing to get enough amount of sunlight. Keep your grass at an ideal 2½- to 3-inch height so there is enough surface area for the sun to shed its rays. This will avoid grass from turning brown or withering during winter. To do this, simply lower your blades one notch, or set the blades at the lowest mowing height recommended for your grass type.

 

  1. Fertilize The Soil

In as much as your lawn needs watering, it also requires nourishment by fertilizing. Experts reveal that the ideal time of year to fertilize your lawn is during fall. It is because the grass roots grow quickly during this season hence, application of fertilizer aids in root growth, disease protection, drought tolerance, and cold resistance. Aside from that, it also keeps nutrients in reserve just in time for the next spring. Apply the fertilizers evenly and make sure that the quantity is just right: don’t overdo or underdo it. Be mindful as well of the waterways in your area when you fertilize your lawn, make sure to maintain at least a 5-foot buffer in order to avoid contamination.

 

With regards to fertilizing your lawn, fall is the best time to do it. According to experts, fertilizing your lawn this season will help grass develop a thick and deep root system, so it can better survive next summer’s heat. The main question is, how? Of course, fertilizing your lawn is not just about applying some sort of fertilizer at any amount or anytime you want – there has to be a proper way to do it. Here are expert tips to help you out.

 

Conduct A Soil Test

The very first thing you have to do in fertilizing your yard or lawn is to conduct a soil test. This will help you determine your soil’s pH and it is the best way for you to find out what nutrients are lacking in your lawn. This test also defines the nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium composition of the soil. Also, the pH of your soil is important because it determines the ability of the grass to use the ingredients in the fertilizer. Once the results are available, you can already proceed to the next task – choosing the best fertilizer.

 

Choose The Right Fertilizer

In choosing the right fertilizer for your lawn, you have to consider the results of the soil test and read the label on the package, especially the three numbers you’ll see. These numbers represent the percentage of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium, respectively, which are the primary nutrients needed to feed your lawn. Also, you have to consider the area where you live what season it is and of course, your grass type.

 

Buy A High-Quality Spreader

The size of your lawn matters in fertilizing, too. To ensure that you can evenly cover the entire area, you have to purchase a high-quality spreader. Most fertilizer rotary spreaders cover a swatch of grass around 6 to 8 feet wide. For big yards, set surveyor flags to provide reference points. According to experts, if you’re using a fertilizer spreader, it’s best to cut the amount used in the rotary spreader in half. Just like what pros do, you should apply in opposite walking directions and start walking before turning on the spreader, to avoid leaving streaks. To improve the fertilizer’s efficiency, don’t forget to water your lawn soon after the application and be sure to wash the spreader after use to avoid corrosion.

 

Consider Organic Fertilizers

Organic fertilizers are getting more and more popular since they are environmentally friendly, even experts highly suggest it, too. They are safer to use and will not harm your lawn like some conventional fertilizers will, especially during the hot summer months. Although it takes more time for it to take effect, you just have to be patient – it is worth the wait. Remember, slow release, organic lawn fertilizers do not only benefit your soil but it also provides nutrients for your grass. It helps improve soil structure and it encourages beneficial soil microbes that attack pests and diseases.

 

Consider EZ-Flo Fertilizer System

EZ-Flo Fertilizer System is gaining more attention from homeowners as well as expert landscape contractors, too. Whether it’s for small gardens or large scale landscapes, this fertilizer system works perfectly. In fact, in many modern landscape styles, people use the EZ-FLO fertilizer system to automatically fertilize their yard. Let’s find out more about this fertilizer system.

 

What is EZ-Flo Fertilizer System?

 

EZ-Flo Fertilizer System is a delivery system for any size landscape that proportions any liquid or water soluble non-hazardous product through your irrigation system to your grass, trees, shrubs, flowers, and gardens. Unlike similar in-line fertilizing systems, EZ-Flo allows you can see the amount of fertilizer solution as it is used. Also, it adjusts automatically to pressure and flow changes with no moving parts.

With EZ-Flo, you can use many different fertilizers, supplements, water treatment, pest control products that can be purchased. Here’s how to install EZ-Flo Fertilizer System in your garden or your landscape:

 

Note: Don’t use too much fertilizer when fertilizing your lawn. More isn’t always better. In fact, this will make the lawn grasses weak and more susceptible to disease. Plus, excessive fertilizer will create too much thatch, which will ultimately choke out your lawn.