If you want your green lawn to dominate the block next year, you're going to have to put in some work this fall
You've heard it before -- anything worth having requires work and dedication.
So if you think an emerald carpet of lush grass is worth having next season, put down that spiked apple cider and listen up.
Because if you want your green lawn to dominate the block next year, you're going to have to put in some work this fall in between camp fires and pumpkin carvings.
It'll pay off -- homeowners and landscapers who understand that fall is the perfect time for some essential lawn maintenance end up with envy-worthy lawns. Here's how to get ahead this fall:
1. Fertilize Your Lawn and Garden Beds
Autumn is here, which means it's time to fertilize the lawn.
After a long and happy growing season, the morning dew provides moisture and helps the grass absorb nutrients.
Especially if you live in a dry area, be sure to water the lawn before fertilizing.
According to Family Handyman, " If your lawn fertilizer schedule is once per year, apply it around Labor Day. That’s when your lawn is the hungriest and when it will respond best to the nutrients it receives. Fertilizing at this time will help replenish food reserves after a long, stressful year of growing and before the harshness of winter sets in." Roger that.
2. Overseed Any Thin Spots on Your Lawn
Got some yellow spots driving you crazy?
For a full, lush lawn next spring, the fall is the best time to overseed the thin spots where your grass is sparse. You’ll need to do this around 45 days before the first frost so that the grass can get established before the cold winter..
3. Rake or Blow Your Leaves and Compost Them
Don’t “leave” your leaves on the ground to cover your grass. Your grass is still alive and kickin’ underneath all those leaves and it still needs air and sunlight.
Why this is such a no-no: A thick layer of leaves over your grass can promote diseases and encourage pests. Although it may be your least favorite chore of the season, it’s critical to a beautiful lawn in the spring.
(Perhaps you can find a teenager looking for some extra gas money? Our suggestion is to bribe the neighborhood kids.)
4. Get Your Pests Under Control
Grubs! Bagworms! Slugs! Oh my!
This fall, be sure to get those lawn invaders handled.
If you're noticing birds feeding in your lawn, chewed up foliage, or yellow spots on your garden veggies, it's probably time to grab the insect killer.
5. Tidy Up and Perform Necessary Maintenance
While you're busy tending to your summer garden, your general cleaning, maintenance, and repair often gets put to the wayside. Here’s a few examples:
6. Don’t Stop Now - Keep on Mowing Your Grass
Don’t stop mowing your lawn just because it’s not growing as fast. You can change your mowing schedule to be growth-based instead of time-based, but make sure you continue to keep the grass length in check. You can mow your grass a little shorter closer to winter so that it doesn’t get all matted up under the snow.
7. Consider choosing an Automower, which is healthier for your lawn
An automower is one of the best presents you can give your lawn (and yourself!). Here are a few of many reasons that gifting yourself and your lawn an automower can improve your yard and give you back some precious time:
You could spend all this time getting your lawn ready for winter, but you still won't have the healthiest lawn possible if you don't invest in an auto mower.
In fact, purchasing one of these autonomous robo mowers is one of the easiest ways to ensure a stress-free, no-hassle, healthy lawn.
Here's why automowers are lawn health gold:
Click here to find the perfect autonomous lawn mower for your yard -- whether you're on hills, have to constantly countour around landscaping, or whatever your needs may be -- a robot mower can handle it.