Taking Care of Your Lawn in the FallMonday, October 8, 2012 at 9:21 am
Posted by Jonathan Green
Tags: Seeding , fall , fertilizing & weeds
Now that the kids are back in school and football season is starting you can stop thinking about your lawn, right? Oh no! Your lawn is still looking for you to take care of it, feed it and give it a haircut. There are so many things you could be doing to your lawn, let’s look at what’s on the table.
Fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn and if you have not done so earlier this year now is the time. Feeding at this time of the year keeps your lawn green hopefully until Christmas and prepares your lawn for the harsh winter months ahead. Your lawn can even store some of these nutrients and it may green-up in the spring before your neighbors who did not feed in the fall. Use Jonathan Green Winter Survival Fall Fertilizer which contains iron and sulfur for a deep green color. Winter Survival can be used the same day that you seed.
Have you applied any new grass seed to renovate your lawn from summer damage? It’s not too late at if you did not get to it in the early fall. Jonathan Green Fall Magic grass seed is perfect for a late fall seeding. Remember to properly prepare the soil before you apply your grass seed. If you need to de-thatch or aerate your lawn do so prior to seeding to create a great seed bed. This would be good to do after the first frost since this will kill any crabgrass plants in the lawn and the machinery will chop up the leftover debris. Aeration also helps to relieve soil compaction. Apply Mag-I-Cal Calcium Fertilizer after this aerating and before applying seed to correct soil pH. Use New Seeding Lawn Fertilizer or Winter Survival when seeding your lawn this fall.
Mowing the lawn in fall is required to maintain a nice clean cut look. Have you sharpened your mower blade this year? Now is a good time to do so. Use a professional equipment repair shop if you are not a do-it-yourselfer. Continue to mow your lawn regularly as needed until it stops growing in late fall. Do not start to lower the height until November to reduce the chance of snow mold.
Leaves start to drop at this time of year. A small covering of leaves can be chopped up and left by your mower, but if they accumulate too much remove them in order to allow sunlight and air to get to your lawn. This will allow it to grow properly and prepare for the cold winter ahead. If you have a mulching mower this is even better. By the late fall be sure to clean all leaves off of your lawn. Returning lawn clippings and some mulched leaves to the lawn helps incorporate nutrients back into the soil to be used by the grass plants.
Fall usually brings back normal rainfall patterns. However, we can also experience an Indian summer where a period of hot, dry weather occurs sometimes for two to three weeks. Your lawn still would like about one inch of water per week whether it comes from watering or natural rainfall. It’s not time to winterize your sprinkler system yet!
Weeds can still be effectively controlled in the fall. Weeds react best to weed killers when they are actively growing and before the air temperature gets too low in late fall. If you only have a few weeds consider removing them by hand cutting out the whole root of the weed. Otherwise you can spot spray weeds or use a granular weed control like Jonathan Green Lawn Weed Control for large areas or an abundance of weeds. You must delay seeding for four weeks after applying our Lawn Weed Control. Remember to evaluate why you have so many weeds in the first place. The bare spots that are left from controlling the weeds should be seeded to avoid a future weed disaster in your lawn.
Be sure to do your due diligence this fall and find time to address the lawn’s needs. There will be plenty of football games to watch so act now!