Autumn Lawn Care

Many people feel that fall is the time to let the mowing go and not have to worry about the lawn. But fall is the time of year when your lawn needs a lot of TLC. This is the time of year that your lawn needs to regroup from the stress and burdens it faced during the summer season.

You want to make sure that you fertilize the lawn, because this is what will protect it and help it get through the winter. The fertilizer will contain nitrogen, phosphate and potash or potassium.

The potassium is especially important because this is what helps your grass survive not having enough moisture, compaction stress and diseases that might normally kill the grass.

You won’t need to mow as often, but you’ll still need to mow some. You can mow for the final time toward the last few weeks of fall. If you live in the South, you’ll want to make sure that you rake up the thatch.

Go first in one direction and then in the opposite to make sure you go deep enough. Put on a top dressing, because this helps the soil drain properly. It also allows it to hold on to nutrients as well as enabling it to fight the growth of thatch.

Make sure that you aerate after putting on a top dressing. After that, you’ll want to look for and repair any bare patches of the lawn. For the North, the fall care is a little different.

Your grass has to be at about 2 ½ inches through the season. If you allow it to get any longer or shorter than that, it can lead to problems like snow mold. Snow mold is a fungus and the damage that it can cause will be seen after the snow is gone.

You’ll notice large bare patches without any grass all over your lawn. You have to rake the leaves and any other type of yard debris, because if you don’t, it can cause a build-up of nitrates, which can lead to grass damage.

Even though it can be tempting to back off watering the lawn when the weather turns colder, your lawn still needs the moisture. Treat for perennial weeds. In states where the weather is mild, you’re more than likely to have a grass such as St. Augustine or Bermuda.

You don’t want to fertilize this grass in the fall. Instead, dethatch and aerate. Test the pH level and then over seed if needed.