In the fall, you might think raking the leaves and taking down the Halloween decorations is all the landscaping you need to do. But fall landscaping is extremely important for prepping your lawn for winter, and guaranteeing you have lush grass to enjoy in the spring!
Rake and remove the leaves in the yard- This helps to avoid damage to the grass. Removing the leaves also protects water quality. Winter freezing and thawing can cause leaves, dead grass, plants, and other organic debris to release phosphates and nitrates. When these chemicals run off frozen ground water during spring snow melt and early spring rains, they can end up in surface water.
Seed and fertilize – Fall is the ideal time to give your lawn the care it needs after the heat and activity of summer and before the harsh winter months. Generally, cool-season grasses should be fertilized September through November and warm-season grasses should be fertilized a bit earlier. Seed dead or bare spots and overseed the full lawn to get dense, plush grass, rich in color.
Keep your grass at 2 to 2½ inches tall throughout the fall. If your grass gets much taller (more than 3 inches) it will mat, and this could lead to winter lawn disease problems such as snow mold. If you cut it shorter than 2 inches, you’ll severely limit its ability to make and store food for growth in the spring and encourage weed growth.
Follow these tips for healthy grass!