How to Treat Your Lawn in the Fall

While fall doesn’t officially start for a couple weeks, it’s not too soon to start getting your lawn ready for the new season. If you’re a new homeowner, you might be wondering what steps to take in advance of the autumn cool. Here are 6 things you can do right now.

Get Supplies

If you don’t have a rake, now is the time to get one. When the leaves begin falling, it’s important to be diligent about raking. Allowing leaves to pile up can have damaging consequences to your lawn, while keeping the lawn clean can improve the chances of it surviving a harsh winter and looking lush next spring.

Keep Mowing

Even as the leaves begin to fall, continue to mow and water your lawn as usual. For the last two cuttings of the year, shave the grass a little shorter. This will allow more sunlight to penetrate the crown of the grass, which should help prevent browning during the winter.

Aerate Soil 

Aerating is the process of perforating soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. Aerating helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. Fall is an ideal time to aerate your lawn. You can rent a self-propelled lawn aerator at your local hardware store. This will quickly punch holes into the soil and extract plugs of dirt

Remove Weeds

Weeding is a crucial part of keeping your lawn healthy. During fall, weeding can be particularly effective. Since weeds are in energy-absorbing mode during the fall, they drink in everything that comes their way — including weed killers. Apply an herbicide now and the weeds won’t return in the spring.

Seed Lawn

Fall is the best time to seed your lawn, as roots grow most vigorously during this time of year. For best results, get some Kentucky Bluegrass seed, which fights off drought, disease, and insects to keep your lawn lush.

Fill in Bald Spots

If you have any bald spots on your lawn, now is the time to cover them up. The best solution is to get an all-in-one lawn repair mixture containing grass seed, a special quick-starter lawn fertilizer, and organic mulch. Handle this now and your lawn will come back lush and fuller when spring arrives.                         Brought to you by Home First Certified TM

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