As fall weather takes root, it is advisable that you change your gardening practices to get your lawn ready for the season ahead. Start your work about five to six weeks before the first freeze. Here are a few tips that you can use to tend to your lawn this fall:
Aerate the Soil
Aeration is necessary so that the soil does not become too compacted. It helps loosen up the soil so that the grass absorbs the oxygen and essential nutrients with ease. If you do not have an aerator, you can hire one from a local landscaping company. Soil aeration should be done before you fertilize the lawn.
Fertilize Your Lawn
The roots of the grass and rhizomes are most active during the fall as they absorb and reserve essential nutrients in readiness for the winter. You can perform a soil test before applying the fertilizer so that you apply what the soil is deficient at.
Keep Mowing and Watering the Grass
The grass still needs to be watered so that it can recover from the summer stress. Moreover, the water is necessary for the dissolving of the fertilizer applied, to allow for easy absorption into the roots. Mowing the grass has a two-fold purpose: it limits the chances of snow mold formation as well as cut the tall grass blades so that they do not smother the budding grass once the spring comes. The normal mowing height, which is around 2 inches tall, is recommended during the fall.
The above tips need to be done at the right time. For instance, if you fertilize the grass too early, the grass blades will bud too early and be destroyed by the biting winter cold. If you are unable to properly care for your lawn, engage a lawn service care service. Such a service provider will have the necessary equipment and chemicals to help you prepare your lawn.