Fall will be here before we know it, so its time to prepare your yard for colder weather. Here are our fall landscaping tips:
Continue to mow your lawn until it stops growing. If grass blades get too long, they shade the other blades around them. Also, at snowfall, the too-long grass will get packed down and promote snow mold. Keep grass around three inches tall — all year — so there is enough surface area for the sun to hit.
Test your soil.
The soil should be tested to determine pH and nutrient availability, so you know what type of fertilizer is needed.
Once the soil is tested — and any deficiencies are corrected — it’s time to aerate and seed the parts that are stressed from the summer’s sun or trampled from foot traffic. It depends on the condition of the lawn, but you typically need about three pounds for every 1,000 square feet of lawn.
Make sure all dead plants have been removed, and trim back any wild summer growth that appeared. Yards often take a beating in the summer, especially if you have kids, so the fall is a good time for some R&R before it rests for the winter.
With the proper care, come spring your yard will look beautiful and be ready for flowers and fun!