Fall is the Most Important Time for Lawn Care
Fall is here and it is getting cold outside! Honestly the last thing I want to do is work in the yard. We have been at it all spring and summer and I am tired of it. I want to snuggle indoors in front of a fire and forget about the lawn until next spring. BUT if I want my lawn looking good in the spring, NOW is when I need to be putting the most energy into it. Winterizing your yard before winter hits is very important if you want to maintain a good looking, healthy lawn.
Fall is the best time to aerate and reseed. I have read many books and magazines that say you should reseed every single year. Wow, that seems excessive, but it is true. If you want a perfect lawn (and who doesn't?) then aerating and reseeding every fall, or at the very least every other fall is a must. Aerating allows oxygen to get to the roots and your grass to "breathe". Fertilizers and nutrients also make their way down to the roots better and the grass can soak up more water when properly aerated. All this adds up to healthier grass.
Putting fresh seed down after you aerate (and then watering well) will ensure you have a lush and full yard in the spring. By seeding in the fall, as opposed to the spring, the weeds are not in as much competition with the grass, allowing the grass to get a better grip in the soil and grow better.
Once you aerate and reseed, you should put down a good winterizer. I prefer the ones that fertilize and kill weeds. We have a huge dandelion problem here every spring and a good winterizer helps control that. Now if only my neighbors would control theirs too, we might stand a chance.
Before the grass goes dormant for the winter (when this happens depends on where you live) you should mow the grass one last time. Mow it to a height of 2-3 inches and it will help your grass withstand the cold of the winter. You should also make sure that you don't have a layer of leaves on top of your grass for the winter, as this could kill it. So take an afternoon in the fall and pay some attention to your lawn one last time. It will ensure a successful year to come for your yard and in the spring you will be glad you did it.