Tips for Prepping Your Yard for Fall

Just as you prepare your lawn for spring and summer it is equally important to prepare it for the fall.  Properly preparing your lawn for the cooler fall months will help ensure that you have a healthy lawn next spring.  What we are going to do is offer you with three things that you should do before fall arrives to help your lawn survive the cold winter months ahead.

One of the most important things you can do to help ensure that you have a great looking lawn next spring is to apply fertilizer.  This final application of fertilizer will provide your grass with the strength it needs to survive the cold winter months.  Garden experts recommend that you put down approximately 1 – 4 pounds of fertilizer per 1,000 square feet of lawn that is exposed to full sun throughout the day.  Lawn areas that are primarily in the shade do not require as much fertilizer.  You may also want to have your soil tested to find out if there are any nutrient deficiencies in your soil.  These deficiencies can easily be treated by applying the right mixture or type of fertilizer.

The next thing that you should be doing this fall is having your lawn aerated and reseeded.  If your lawn is looking a little thin in some areas now is the perfect time to apply seed to those areas.  The cooler winter months will help the new grass grow because there is less competition for the nutrients and water it receives.  Lawn experts also recommend having your lawn properly aerated to allow the nutrients and water to penetrate the roots of the lawn.  Aeration will also help prevent thatching from occurring during winter.

The final step in preparing your lawn for fall is to rid it of any weeds that may have taken root.  This means that if you have a dandelion problem or have a lot of clover mixed in with your lawn, you should properly remove it or have it removed by garden experts.  Weeds and clover present in your lawn pull nutrients from the soil and away from the lawn.  You may want to treat any problem areas in your lawn with an herbicide or organic alternative that uses a vinegar base.

Simply following these three steps is not enough to guarantee a lush green lawn this spring.  In addition to these steps you should also follow your regular lawn care routine until it becomes too cold.  Just because the temperatures have cooled down doesn’t mean that your lawn doesn’t need as much water.  You should still water your lawn regularly to help keep it moist during the drier fall and winter months.  You should also mow it regularly until you notice that the growth has slowed or stopped.  By performing these steps you will help your lawn become healthier and thicker when spring arrives.

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