As the summer heat gives way to cooler temperatures and the leaves start to change colors, it’s time to shift your focus to caring for your lawn in the fall. Proper fall lawn care ensures your grass stays healthy and vibrant throughout the winter and into the next growing season. At Lawn Plus LLC. we believe a healthy lawn is the foundation of a beautiful home, so we’ve put together three essential tips and guidelines to help you care for your lawn during this transitional season.
1. Continue Mowing, but Adjust the Height
While the summer months might have required frequent mowing to keep your lawn at an optimal height, fall calls for some adjustments. As temperatures drop, your grass will grow more slowly. However, it’s still essential to keep mowing regularly. Raise your mower blade slightly to leave your grass a bit longer. This will help protect the roots and provide some insulation against those cold fall mornings.
2. Aerate and Overseed
Aeration is a crucial step in maintaining a healthy lawn. Fall is an excellent time to aerate because the cooler temperatures allow your lawn to recover more quickly. Aerating your lawn helps alleviate soil compaction, improve air circulation, and promote better water absorption. Along with aerating, fall is the perfect time to overseed your lawn to fill bare spots and thicken grass. Choose a grass seed that is well-suited to your climate and soil type. Water the area well and moisten it until the new grass is established.
3. Fertilize Wisely
Applying fertilizer in the fall is crucial for providing your lawn with essential nutrients before winter. Look for a balanced, slow-release fertilizer with a higher potassium content, which helps strengthen grass roots and enhances winter hardiness. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application rates and methods to avoid over-fertilization.
Caring for your lawn in the fall sets the stage for a healthy and lush lawn in the coming spring and summer. Contact Lawn Plus LLC at (937) 839-5296 to learn more about us and our services in the Dayton and Miami Valley areas and start cultivating the well-manicured lawn you’ve desired.