Your grass is reaching the point where it’s prepping itself for dormancy. Ensure that your lawn will only add to your curb appeal in the springtime by giving it the proper care before Winter.

If there is any point in the year where you should give your lawn the most TLC – it is during the mid to late fall. The grass, and your other shrubs and trees, are all in energy-absorbing mode, which means they are in their prime to absorb nutrients before the cold, Canadian winter. Take a day this weekend to help your lawn along by following these 6 tips to fall lawn care.

 

1. Trim Down the Lawn

Dropping your mower height is important in the fall time so you can allow the most sunlight to hit the top of your grass. Gradually lower the height of your mower each time you head out to cut the grass – just be sure to never cut more than a 1/3 of the grass height or else you’ll send the plant into shock. Green Drop Lawns recommends your grass to be down to a 1.5″ height by the last mow.

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2. Turn Your Attention to the Weeds

Just like the grass, the weeds are also in energy-absorbing mode in prep for winter. This means they are aggressively absorbing any nutrients they can get (which means zapping it from the surrounding grass), especially as your grass stops growing. Now’s the time to attack the weeds before they hinder the last few weeks of dormancy-prep for your grass.

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3. Fall Lawn Fertilization

If you’re only going to fertilize the lawn once a year – now would be the time to do it. Fertilizing the lawn now allows for the grass to grow deeper roots as it heads into dormancy, rather than trying to grow the actual blades out. Use a dry lawn fertilizer in mid-to-late fall to prep the grass to be the best looking lawn next spring.

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4. Rake Up & Remove the Leaves

Fall time is synonymous with leaf-raking. But do we actually know why we rake up the leaves? The first reason is so you can prevent dead spots in the lawn come spring. As leaves gather on the lawn, get wet in the rain, and eventually decay, they smother the grass from air, moisture, and sunlight. The second reason to rake the leaves goes hand in hand with the first – and that is to prevent weeds from taking over the lawn. Weeds, as we know, can be more hearty than delicate blades of grass. Dead spots in the lawn means more room for weeds to poke through. Finally, the third reason is to prevent bugs from taking up residence on the lawn. You may remember, as a kid, picking up the most beautiful maple leaf, only to be greeted by a big insect huddled up underneath. This is because, as leaves sap up the moisture from the ground, the undersides make for a great place to settle down as an insect.

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5. Give the Lawn Some Air

We have gravity and footsteps to thank for compacting our soil down, which does not allow for the needed air pockets between soil particles to filter water down into the roots of the grass. It is key to include aerating the lawn as a part of your fall lawn care regime. Not only will it let water and nutrients in, but it creates space for your lawn seeds to nestle in. The soil is best aerated when it has a bit of moisture in it.

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6. Overseeding the Lawn

Prep the lawn for lush growth in the springtime by overseeding it. This is the process of laying down an even layer of grass seeds to not only fill in spaces between existing blades, but to crowd out the weeds before they grow in during the spring. If you aerate the lawn first, your seeds will have an easier time taking root in the soil.

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Nobody likes the look of a lacklustre lawn – no matter what season it is. Your fall lawn care regime is important for making sure your lawn is ready to look its absolute best in the spring. Your curb appeal will thank you!

Reference: Green Drop Lawns

 

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1. Trim Down the Lawn

2. Turn Your Attention to the Weeds

3. Fall Fertilization

4. Rake Up & Remove Leaves

5. Give the Lawn Some Air

6. Overseeding the Lawn

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