As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, your work in the yard will also start to decrease. Autumn is a beautiful time to spend outdoors just enjoying your space, but before you put your gardening tools away for the year, you should carry out a few last gardening tasks to keep your yard looking beautiful and to protect it from the cold weather ahead.
If you follow the right fall maintenance steps, your yard will look more beautiful than ever when the spring arrives next year.
1.Prepare and Protect Your Grass
The first tip you should follow when maintaining your yard in autumn is to change your lawn mower settings. Since grass doesn’t grow a lot during this season, you definitely won’t need to mow the lawn as often as before. However, you should make sure you change your settings so that you cut closer to the soil. You should cut your grass to roughly two inches high. Cutting it this short prevents mold formation, but still allows the roots to be thoroughly insulated so they are not permanently damaged by the cold.
Giving your lawn one last cut before the frost appears is a great way to ensure it remains healthy and does not appear damaged when the weather gets warmer again. Apart from giving your grass a proper cut, you should also consider fertilizing it. The right fertilizer will help your grass get the nutrients it needs to remain healthy, even in the bitter cold. You should make sure to apply the fertilizer early in the fall season to get the most benefits of this fall lawn treatment. If you apply the fertilizer when the grass is still actively growing, then you may be inviting mold so you should make sure the grass has stopped growing before you apply it.
The best fall fertilizer contains a high amount of potassium and nitrogen as this prevents damage from cold and increases disease resistance in your foliage. As tempting as it is to apply layers of fertilizer over your yard, you should keep in mind that when it comes to gardening, you can definitely have too much of a good thing. Avoid over-fertilizing because nitrogen may be beneficial in moderate amounts, but too much of it can start damaging your plants.
If you want to keep your greenery healthy, add some compost over the soil alongside the fertilizer to give it a natural source of nutrients.
2. Aerate Your Soil
As the month’s pass, the soil in your lawn becomes a lot more compacted. Compact soil has fewer air pockets, and it becomes harder for nutrients and water to get to the roots of the greenery. You can make the soil less compacted by aerating your lawn regularly. Fall is a great time to aerate the soil, so your plants and grass have a greater chance of getting the nutrients they need throughout the winter.
There is a variety of different equipment you can use to aerate your soil. You can use spike aerators, slicing aerators, and core or plug aerators. It’s important to keep in mind that if the equipment is used wrong or the process is not done the right way, you can stress out your grass and cause some serious damage. Speak with a lawn care expert at Divine Lawns to get help with aerating and maintaining your lawn so you don’t have to risk doing everything yourself.
3. Rake the Leaves Thoroughly
Raking is the most distinctive fall lawn maintenance task that you have to carry out to ensure your property looks good and also remains healthy. You shouldn’t undermine the importance of raking thoroughly because of the harm that decomposing leaves can bring to your grass if they aren’t taken care of.
If you ignore the fallen leaves, they start to decompose, and this can take moisture out of your soil. Not only does the soil suffer, but decomposing leaves provide a great habitat for pests and insects to thrive in. When the snow falls and covers the layer of fallen leaves, your grass can die out underneath because of all the layers covering it, making it much easier for weeds to take over your lawn.
If you find any weeds while raking, you should make sure to remove them properly, so they don’t show up again and cause trouble during the spring. Once you’re done raking you should also consider overseeding if you have some dead patches. Placing a layer of grass seeds over areas where the lawn appears to be dying is a great fall lawn treatment as it will help grass grow in that area and give you a beautiful and even lawn when the frost leaves.
Hire a Professional Lawn Care Service to Help You with Your Fall Lawn Maintenance
Depending on the size of your yard and how much work needs to be done on it, you might need the help of an expert to figure out what steps you can take to make your yard look even more beautiful during these cold autumn days.
Our team of lawn care experts offer professional services and use the best equipment available to get you your desired result for your property. At Divine Lawns, we strive to not only give you the services you asked for, but we aim to exceed your expectations, so you are thrilled with the results every time. We make sure to carry out a comprehensive task with our knowledge and expertise, so you don’t have to worry about micromanaging or stressing over how we’ll get the work done.
Get in touch with us today to get expert advice and to start your fall lawn makeover.