Get your lawn ready for winter with these five easy fall lawn care tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Once fall rolls around, it’s time to get your lawn ready for the winter months. If you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help. Follow these five easy fall lawn care tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet to get your lawn ready for winter.
1. Get Rid of Leaves
The first fall lawn care tip to follow is to remove all the leaves from your lawn. Leaves trap moisture and block out any sunlight, which can potentially kill the grass. When the leaves start to fall, you need to start raking or leaf-blowing. Keep up with the leaves throughout the fall so your lawn isn’t dead come spring time.
2. Continue Your Watering Schedule
Grass roots need to stay hydrated, even in the fall. While there’s more moisture in the air and less evaporation, it doesn’t mean your lawn is getting enough water. Lawns typically need at least an inch of water per week–you can use a rain gauge to keep track of how much water your lawn is actually getting. Continuing watering through the end of October.
3. Continue Cutting
It’s also important to continue cutting your lawn into the fall–just make sure to do it at the right height. If you let the grass grow too long, it can become matted and susceptible to winter fungi. If it’s too short, it can mess with the root system and make the lawn vulnerable to the cold and dryness of winter. Keeping the grass between 2-1/2 and 3 inches in height is ideal. Plus, regular cutting helps cut up and get rid of the fallen leaves.
Another part of fall lawn care is fertilizing. A slow-release 24-0-16 formula fertilizer is perfect for fall application. If you’ve never fertilized your lawn before, visit our how-to article for in-depth fertilizer schedule to follow year-round. If you’re unsure about winterizing your lawn, read through our how-to article on that.
5. Protect Against Weeds
Finally, you need to protect your lawn against weeds. Overseeding your existing lawn is one way to accomplish this. It’s a bit of a challenge, but worth it if it saves your lawn. The seeds can’t be simply broadcast over the existing lawn–they need to be in the soil, watered and germinate in order to actually grow. For more tips on lawn weeds, read through our lawn problems article.