Giving your lawn the TLC it needs this fall can help ensure you have a vibrant yard come spring. Although late November may seem like a strange time to bring out the sprinkler and lawnmower, it might surprise you to learn that grass root growth can thrive even in fall’s cooler conditions.
Here are our top tips for a fall lawn maintenance program that will ensure you have a picture-perfect lawn when all the snow is gone:
As long as the grass is growing, continue mowing
Mowing is by far the most important maintenance your lawn receives. If we discontinue mowing too early in the season we will encourage our lawns to go dormant and our lawns will lose their ability to fully recover thin areas of turf.
Grass growth rate slows at this time of year allowing longer intervals between mowing, but mowing should not cease! Fall is the season your grass roots develop and spread the most. Adequate moisture along with continued mowing is required for your lawn to reach its full potential for spreading and filling.
Although the lawn may only need to be mowed every two weeks by the end of the season, we should be mowing up to and past the Thanksgiving holiday.
Leave no leaf behind
Too many leaves on your lawn will prevent sunlight from reaching the turf. Turf left in such condition will not be able to photosynthesize at normal rates and will enter the winter in an anemic state. A thick covering of leaves will also reduce oxygen flow to the leaves and roots of your grasses further weakening your turf. Weakened plants will be more susceptible to winter injury.
Don’t stop watering
Watering must be considered if conditions are dry late in the season. Proper watering can mean the difference between your lawn having a healthy fall recovery or entering winter weather sparse and lacking energy. Any lawns that were seeded should continue receiving moisture throughout the fall and may need watering over the winter once a month if rainfall does not come.
Don't forget your trees and shrubs! Any plants that were put out this season should be watered thoroughly just before we go into winter. We also advise watering all pines and spruce prior to winter.
Once the ground has frozen, our plants will no longer be able to take water in and we may see desiccation injury over winter if conditions are too cold and dry.
Keep tending to shrubs and trees
- Young trees: Young trees, although they may be planted in lawn areas, will require more fertility than your turf. We can provide applications of fertilizer to your landscape beds to deliver the nutrition that your plants need to stay healthy and vibrant. We can also do deep root feeding of young trees (established trees shouldn't normally need any help).
- Mulch: Fresh mulch should be applied around our trees and shrubs each season. If you have not mulched your plants recently, now would be a great time to give them protection before winter. A two to three-inch layer of mulch is recommended to provide cover over the roots of your trees and shrubs to protect against winter injury. Mulch around trees also gives a layer of protection against lawn mower and weed eater damage, a common cause of death to young trees.
- Maple trees: Young maple trees are very thin-barked and prone to cracking over winter. The warmth of direct sunlight in an environment of cold temperatures causes the bark to pop and split. We recommend wrapping trunks of young maples at this time.
Our trees and shrubs are a beautiful, vibrant part of our home environments. Now is the time to be giving them care. If you would like fertilizer applications for your trees and/or shrubs, please call. Estimates are free!
Call Picture Perfect for Lawn Maintenance Plans!
Give your lawn the care it needs to thrive in every season with lawn maintenance plans from Picture Perfect Lawn Care!