There’s still time to enjoy your lawn in the fall, but it is important to take care of it now so it can be ready and beautiful for the spring and summer. Fall grass care includes mowing, fertilizing, aerating, and weed control.
Fall grass care tips for your Scranton home
Any good lawn care tips will include information about mowing, and mowing your lawn in the fall season is important. Tall grass in the fall will attract rodents and small animals to burrow there for warmth, causing problems not only for your grass, but can be stressful. Gradually lower your mower blade height at the end of the summer in order to cut your lawn to about 2 inches high. Never cut more than one third of the length at a time because this will harm the healthy grass. Winter weather means snow, and snow weight can compact your grass as well as soil, possibly damaging the healthy lawn. Snow can leave the blades weaker and can kill root systems in some cases. Cutting your lawn very short before the snow comes can lessen this impact.
Fertilizing delivers essential nutrients for a beautiful, healthy lawn. If you only fertilize once a year, the best time to do it is in the fall. While the blades grow slower in the colder weather, the roots will keep growing quickly. This application allows the grass to grow a strong deep root in order to have a good start for the next year. Use a dry fertilizer and take care not to miss any spots, covering all grassy areas. For the best coverage you should use a drop spreader for an even consistent layer. Autumn leaves make a great natural mulch, complimenting your fertilization efforts.
To control weeds during the winter months, you can apply a pre-emergent weed killer to your lawn. Weeds are just like other plants are in an energy-absorbing mode during the fall cold weather. They are absorbing everything they can in order to survive and prepare for the even colder months ahead. This absorption fortunately includes weed killer, so applying an herbicide now can make a huge difference in your lawn come springtime.