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Tips For Lawn Care In The Fall To Get Ready For Next Spring

10th September 2013

lawn care in fall

If you live in a standalone house and not an apartment building, chances are that you have a lawn of your own. Now it doesn’t matter how small or big your patch of grass is; it is important that you take good care of it at all times.

It is not that difficult to take care of a lawn during the warmer seasons of the year; all you ever really need to do is water and mow it. However when it gets cold, things might become a bit more challenging. As you are probably aware, autumn usually starts out warm, but with time the temperatures drop as winter draws close. So how does one take care of their lawn during this season? The following are tips for lawn care in the fall to get ready for next spring.

First and foremost it would be a good idea to have your soil tested by a professional. This will help you determine if there are any nutrients that are missing and whether or not the pH is where it needs to be. If there are any problems, make sure they are addressed early on. One solution is adding fertilizer and it is important to ensure that this is done before it starts getting really cold.

Just because winter is around the corner doesn’t mean that you should stop watering your lawn. In fact if there ever was a time that your lawn needed water the most then it is during autumn. Without water, the grass on your lawn will not be able to absorb fertilizer.

Everybody knows that autumn is when trees shed off their leaves in preparation for the cold days ahead. If you have a few trees on your lawn, ensure that all the leaves that fall off are raked away. If you let the leaves accumulate, they will prevent sunlight from reaching your grass, and as you know, sunlight is an essential component in the maintenance of healthy plant life. It might also be a good idea to shred the leaves so that they can act as a source of nutrients for the grass.

If there are any items laying around on your lawn, for example chairs, tables, barbeques etc, remove them. If you leave them there through the winter, all the grass underneath will die leaving behind unattractive patches. Obviously the dead grass will eventually rot; when this happens, the risk of a disease outbreak on your lawn will increase.