All Fall Lawn Prep
As the days get shorter and the crispness of fall air hits, homeowners have to deal with a new set of responsibilities: preparing for the changing season. Fall is a crucial time for lawn care and will require it, especially because of falling leaves and a drop in temperature. While there are many tasks to carry out all season long, here are two of the utmost importance for those dealing with stubborn lawns: aeration and fall cleanup. This step-by-step guide will help you prep your lawn for fall and beyond. Starting New with Aeration and Fertilizer Before we get into the specifics, note what prep you are typically due every year, or things you skipped out on that could benefit this year’s fall lawn preparation. This will help you create a budget, schedule, and timetables for your yard needs. One of the most important services on top of the list in lawn care is aeration, giving your soil a "breath of air." The process involves eliminating compacted soil from foot traffic, and natural settling can stifle your lawn's growth potential. By aerating the soil with tiny holes to allow air, water, and nutrient penetration to the grassroots, the compacted soil will effectively break up and promote a healthier root system and overall lawn vitality. The benefits of aeration span beyond improving air circulation and can also set the stage for other lawn care and maintenance. As water and nutrients can reach the roots more effectively, the grass is stronger against stressors like heat. Aeration can also help to prevent thatch buildup – a layer of dead grass or debris that can suffocate the lawn. With its cooler weather and reduced grass growth, fall becomes an ideal window for fertilizer applications, giving your lawn enough time to absorb the nutrients properly. Fertilizer provides the essential nourishment your lawn requires to prepare it for the dormant winter. Thorough Fall Cleanup As summer rolls out, it starts the beginning of fallen leaves, debris, and the leftover traction from outdoor activities. The season may start just a little bit cooler than August. Still, the care is significantly different — neglecting a thorough fall cleanup plan can lead to many problems, such as your soil not getting the necessary elements, and a messy, unkempt backyard can harbor pests and diseases. While some homeowners enjoy the hands-on approach to fall cleanup, many may understandably lack the time or physical capacity to finish the job. This is why it would be best to consult the expertise of professional fall cleanup services, like our team at A.R. Lawn Service proves invaluable for a thorough cleanup job. Creating a Fall Cleanup Checklist Before you break out any concrete plan as fall begins, having a structured checklist to assist your fall lawn prep can be helpful. Of course, you can add to it or take any steps away that fit your lawn’s needs. Here's a sample list to get you started:
- Raking: Remove leaves, twigs, and other debris to allow sunlight to reach the grass. Throw away any things obstructing the landscape, including dead leaves or plants.
- Mowing: Trim the grass to a recommended length, making sure it doesn't get too tall before winter.
- Aeration: We strongly recommend hiring professionals for this for the best results.
- Fertilization: A balanced, fall-specific fertilizer to strengthen the grass will be best for fall, combined with aeration services.
- Overseeding: Fill bare spots with new grass seed to encourage consistent grass growth.
- Gutter Cleaning: Clear gutters of leaves and debris to prevent water buildup and other damage.
- Pruning: Trim bushes, shrubs, and trees to prevent overgrowth during the dormant season.