When the temperatures change and the crisp fall air comes into the High Country, you will begin to see your landscape transform as the leaves change colors. This season does not mean the end of having to care for your yard. Grass mowing continues well into the fall, and of course, homeowners have to do something with those beautiful leaves that fall once they have changed. This is the time period to tie up a few last-minute things on your lawn and begin planning for the spring. Here is a list of things to remember when prepping your lawn in the fall.
#1 Rake those Leaves
Removing leaves can be a headache, but it is necessary to get those leaves up as soon a possible. The longer you leave them the more they will negatively impact your lawn. Leaves that become heavy and wet from rain and dew tend to form a blanket that can suffocate your grass and create a breeding ground for fungi to grow. As your expert lawn care specialists, we perform leaf removal in the fall for our clients.
#2 Do Not Stop Mowing
Your grass can continue to grow well into the fall, especially in areas of the High Country that receive higher temperatures and more sunlight. You should continue to water and mow your lawn. If you are contracting with our team and have us providing grass mowing services, we will continue to mow your lawn throughout the fall as part of our routine yard maintenance. Pro tip – we will mow your grass a bit shorter for the last two cuttings of the season to allow more sunlight to reach the grass, giving you more color during the winter.
Proper aeration of the soil is best handled in the fall. If you do not handle in the fall, you can do it in the late summer and winter. You should aerate your lawn so that oxygen, water and fertilizer can get to the roots of your lawn. We can come out to your property and ensure that the lawn is properly aerated in this season. Aerating a lawn that is 3 or 4 acres large can be quite daunting. We are the professional landscaping team to trust.
#5 Fertilize for the Future
Obviously, your lawn will not be growing much in the upcoming season, however if you fertilize now you will provide nutrients that it needs to grow in the future, when the warm season comes. As Boone NC lawn experts we recommend that you have us fertilize your lawn multiple times a year, but if you are only going to fertilize once a year you should do it in the fall. Your roots will appreciate the extra nutrients and continue growing rapidly just below the soil’s surface.
#6 Fill in those Bald Spots
Even in the moist, lush days of summer, your lawn can still thin out in certain spots and even not fill in leaving bare spots in the grass. We advise you to try and get your lawn’s bald spots dealt with by the fall so that they can be healthy and ready to grow in the spring and summer next year. You can use a rake to scratch into the soil and place lawn repair mixtures into it to help with the growth. You should also remember to water this section frequently.
#7 Control the Weeds
Fall is a great time to deal with the weeds that may have started to spread in the summertime. Weeds can overtake your lawn if you are not careful. Dealing with them quickly in the fall will mean that they do not continue to thrive in the spring and summer seasons next year.
In the fall, weeds begin to soak up energy and that means they will quickly absorb anything that you put on them to kill them. We can treat your lawn with the perfect weed killing blend mixture that will take care of all of the different weeds that might be trying to overtake your beautiful green grass.