For those who are lucky enough to live in locales where the summer doesn’t always leave on time, it’s possible to keep lawns looking green and beautiful well into the “colder” months of the year.
However, the sun and warmth can’t last forever, and autumn does eventually appear just about everywhere across the country. When that happens, put these residential lawn care tips towards keeping your yard looking healthy well into the fall.
Here are a few ways you can help your lawn look beautiful for as long as possible in the fall, as well as help it get a running start for the next spring and summer seasons.
Kill Lawn Weeds in the Fall
When the summer takes a toll on your lawn with scorching hot temperatures and dry spells, you may greet the fall with more weeds than you’d like. The fall is an excellent time to feed your lawn, according to lawn care company Scotts, as well as to get rid of some weeds from the summer:
“Fertilizing in early fall helps your lawn begin rebuilding grassroots that were damaged during the hot, dry summer. Since fall is also a great time to kill several types of lawn weeds, including clover and dandelion, you can do two jobs at once by applying a weed and feed.”
Your lawn care specialist can help you choose the right feed for your type of grass. You may want to follow up one round of intensive feeding and weed killing with another after about a month and a half of the first.
By paying attention to the weeds in the fall, you can help your lawn focus on rebuilding roots and repairing for the next year of growth rather than having to fight for light and space with weeds.
Get Rid of the Leaves Each Week
If you have trees around your property that like to drop their leaves in the fall, you already know that fall leaves will build up over time and choke the life out of any grass that sits beneath them. Not only can a carpet of leaves leave you with a brown lawn, but they can also reduce the effectiveness of any fertilizing you do for your lawn.
Tip: Don’t just toss your leaves out with the trash. Create mulch by running the leaves through your mower.
Give Your Lawn a Close Shave
Long blades of grass can help reduce the amount of stress your lawn experiences during the hot summer months, but reducing the height can actually help once the fall arrives.
Better Homes & Gardens reveals:
“Cutting your lawn slightly shorter in autumn helps prevent the grass from matting down under leaves and snow. Avoid cutting the grass too short, however. Tightly clipped turf has fewer roots and allows weeds to get a foothold.”
Don’t Forget the Water
Don’t make the mistake of turning off the sprinklers for your lawn just because it’s no longer the summer. It’s important to keep watering your lawn each week. You can give it a healthy soaking, but you don’t need to use as much water as you would in the summer.
Stay Fresh All Year With Executive Lawn Care
Keeping your lawn looking beautiful well into the autumn doesn’t mean radically changing your lawn care routine, but it does mean changing the way you perform some lawn care projects. Don’t assume your lawn doesn’t need care, just because the flowers aren’t blooming. Give your lawn the attention it needs, and enjoy beautiful landscaping all year long with the help of Executive Lawn Care. Contact us today to learn more about our services.