Fall Lawn Care Tips
- October 2, 2019
When the weather cools off and the leaves start to change colors, most people think they’ve reached the finish line with lawn care. Actually, you should take advantage of the cool weather and start preparing your yard for winter. Taking the time for proper fall lawn care and clean up can save you pain and money next year.
Where some see the changing fall colors as a sight to behold, others see it as a mess and a lot of hard work. Having a cool shady yard has its downsides and that is a lot of leaves to clean up. You don’t want fallen leaves to blanket your yard for too long. Leaves block out the sun, suffocating your grass and creating the ideal conditions for snow mold and other fungi to form. You should be raking your yard at least once a week to help your grass breathe and dethatch your yard at the same time. If you just follow this step you’re on your way to a beautiful yard next year.
You might not have to cut your grass as often in the fall but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook just yet. Grass continues to grow at least until the first frost arrives. Don’t let it get too long or you run the risk of fungus and mold, too short and it affects root growth. You can even use your mower to chop up fallen leaves and turn them into mulch for your grass.
As temperatures shift and your grass is no longer under heavy stress from the intense summer heat it may not need as much water as it did, but since the grass is still growing you still need to follow proper irrigation methods for Texas. Making sure your grass is healthy through the fall will make sure it will come back strong in the spring.
Fall is a great time to curb the pest population in your yard. This is the time of year when pests start to settle down and prepare to overwinter. Tackling lawn pests now will help protect your lawn in the spring.
Pests such as Japanese beetle and June bug larvae can also attract other unwanted visitors to your lawn such as moles, skunks, and raccoons who won’t hesitate to dig up your beautiful yard to reach these delicious bugs.
It’s quite normal for your yard to show signs of wear and tear if it was heavily used in the summer. Constant foot traffic on your yard, whether it be from playing, mowing, or construction traffic, can compact the soil making it hard and impenetrable to water, air, and fertilizers. A great way to help your yard bounce back is by aerating and overseeding. Doing this in the fall will help revitalize your lawn and make it come back fuller and healthier than ever.
Whether you are looking for lawn maintenance or landscaping call Choice Home and Commercial Services. With our comprehensive lawn care program, we can keep your lawn looking thick and healthy from spring to fall.