Fall is here, which means the days are getting shorter, and the weather is getting colder. The changing climate slows the growth of the plants in your lawn, but that doesn’t mean there are no lawn care duties that need to be handled during the season. Here are four tips for caring for your lawn in the fall that you can do on your own or get help from experts like Turf Goat.
Remove Fallen Leaves
Colorful falling leaves are a hallmark of autumn. Though they can be beautiful, allowing a carpet of colorful autumn leaves to remain on your lawn is bad for the grass. The leaves block the light as well as trap moisture. These factors can prevent your lawn from getting the sunlight it needs, and the trapped moisture can lead to fungus and pest infestations. It may be time-consuming, but it’s essential to blow or rake them falling leaves. If you don’t, the grass under that soggy, decaying mat of fallen leaves will be dead.
Keep Grass Cut to Proper Length
The changing seasons mean that grass doesn’t grow as quickly, but that doesn’t mean homeowners can skip mowing their lawn entirely. The grass may grow more slowly, but it doesn’t stop all growth during the fall and winter. For most grass varieties, they will continue to grow up to the first hard frost. Property owners need to mow their lawns periodically in the fall to keep it at an ideal 2½- to 3-inch height. Allowing the grass to get too long increases the risk of matting and its vulnerability to fungal growth. And cutting grass too short impedes the lawn’s ability to withstand winter cold and dryness. You can have regular mowings schedule by Turf Goat to ensure your yard remains at the ideal height.
Adjust Sprinkler Systems as Needed
Next to the change in the temperature, one of the defining aspects of autumn is the change in water flow. Because of the lower temperature and the changed angle of the sun, autumn rain results in less evaporation. The increase in natural moisture allows the grass to sustain itself more efficiently. Take the guesswork out of how much natural moisture your lawn is receiving by using a rain gauge. If the yard isn’t getting one inch or more of moisture per week, you should water it. Turf Goat can help repair and calibrate irrigation.
Add Appropriate Fertilizer
The colder months can be rough on your lawn. Adding in some extra fertilizer during the fall can give your grass protection from freezing roots and provides the plant with additional energy to bounce back in the spring. When grass enough nitrogen, it produces helpful sugars that can encourage faster grass growth in the spring. Similarly, adding potassium during the fall can aid in root growth, disease protection, drought tolerance, and cold resistance. Don’t go adding fertilizer willy-nilly. Every property has a slightly different soil composition, so it’s essential to have a soil test performed, so you know how much of each nutrient your lawn actually needs.
There are many responsibilities property owners need to do to prepare their lawns for the winter. Turf Goat can handle these autumn lawn care responsibilities, so your grass and plants look great during the colder months, and that they’re ready to reach their full potential in the spring. Send us a message online to schedule a consultation to discuss the things you should have done to your lawn during the fall.