Although spring lawn care gets all the attention, fall lawn care is the make-it or break-it season for grass. The grass that grows this fall is what will be there next spring. Your lawn goes dormant in the winter. Yes lawns do have one amazing ability, in periods of drought they go dormant and they hibernate. During periods of dormancy, grass will turn brown in order to conserve water. Winter is such a time. Luckily, there are steps you can take to make sure you protect your lawn this winter so that when spring comes around; your lawn will spring back to life and be a lovely green lawn once again.
Lawn Aeration and Overseeding
Aerating your lawn is a great way to make your lawn ready for next spring. Aeration tools pull up plugs of grass and soil, breaking up compacted turf. That allows water, oxygen, and nutrients to reach roots, and gives seeds room to sprout. You can also combine this with overseeding, which builds a thick layer of grass. Overseeding prevents weeds from entering your lawn.
A late fall fertilization — before the first frost — helps your grass survive a harsh winter and encourages it to grow green and lush in spring. Your lawn needs extra nutrients that fertilizer provides. This is especially true in winter. When your lawn is snow covered the fertilizer works under that blanket of snow and feeds your grass and its roots throughout the cold months. Use a slow release fertilizer and in the springtime you lawn will not be lacking in nutrients.
Mow Lawn to a Short Height While It’s Still Growing
This will decrease the likelihood of snow mold. Snow mold can easily grow when there is tall grass. Also tall grass will encourage small animals to use your lawn to burrow and create homes for the winter. Instead of raking leaves, run over them a couple of times with your mower to grind them into mulch. The shredded leaves protect grass from winter wind and desiccation. An added bonus — shredded leaves decompose into yummy organic matter to feed grass roots.
These are tasks that need to happen every fall and there are other tasks that need to happen in the other months. It’s easy for time to get away from a homeowner, so the A&A Lawn Care Program is really your easiest solution to have a good lawn all year long.
A & A Lawn Care provides a 6 application program to control and prevent weeds from appearing in your lawn.
- Early Spring – This early Spring application includes a fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicide. The fertilizer will promote early Spring green up and add proper nutritional value for the lawn while it is coming out of from winter dormancy. In addition, a pre-emergent herbicide was applied
to protect your lawn from crabgrass and grassy weeds.
- Late Spring/Early Summer – The late Spring application will provide a Spring fertilizer with bio-nutrients, a post emergent herbicide for broadleaf weed control. This will promote a healthy lawn, an additional pre-emergent herbicide will help to control any crabgrass and weeds that may still come up and control broadleaf weeds.
- Early Summer – The early Summer application provides a balanced slow release Summer fertilizer that will help maintain the color of your lawn without pushing growth. This application also contains broadleaf weed control and a safe insect control to protect from surface feeding insects.
- Late Summer – The late Summer application contains a Nature Safe organic fertilizer to work organic matter into your soil where it needs it most. This application also provides broadleaf weed control on an as needed basis.
- Early Fall – This early Fall fertilizer will help green up the grass and help the lawn to recover from any Summer stress. Also, broadleaf weeds that are present will be controlled.
- Late Fall/Winter – This Winter application will thicken your lawn and also encourage new root development.
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