There are several elements of a home or outdoor landscape that go through a transition during the fall season each year, and the grass on your lawn is a perfect example. The steps homeowners take now, before the winter hits, are vital toward ensuring the lawn is thick, green and ready to go once the cold passes and spring hits next year.
At Professional Yard Services, we’re proud to offer a wide range of lawn care and grass maintenance services throughout the year, including during this fall period. You can contact us anytime during this season to learn about our detailed lawn and landscape maintenance services. In this two-part blog, we’ll go over several steps to consider for fall lawn maintenance, including several areas our team will be happy to assist you with as needed.
For starters, while leaves are often aesthetically pleasing and might even offer a fun play activity for kids in the home, they’re not very good for your grass at all. They stop vital sunlight from making its way in, plus trap in moisture and create issues for the turf below your grass.
For this reason, it’s important to take the time to remove any significant leaf buildups during fall using a rake or leaf blower. Even once trees have lost all their leaves, keep raking any areas where they pile up and disposing of them. If you neglect this area, you’ll find dead grass and a soggy turf surface come spring.
You should keep mowing your grass regularly during the fall season, but the important area to consider here is the mowing height you use. Grass will keep growing up until the frost hits to begin winter, and should be cut to between 2.5 and 3 inches. If you allow it to get too long regularly, it will be susceptible to mold and other fungi formats.
On the flip side, if you cut grass too low, it may limit the root system and stop the grass’s ability to withstand cold temperatures and dryness once the winter hits. One other benefit of continuing to mow: It helps get rid of leaves, actually turning them into mulch that may benefit the soil.
While you can begin to taper off the amounts of water used on your grass over the fall, you should continue watering to some level right up until the first frost. Make sure the lawn is getting at least one inch of water per week, using a basic rain gauge to check if you’re unsure. We recommend keeping the sprinklers running until the end of October in most cases, unless early frost has hit before then.
For more on fall tips to prepare your lawn for the winter, or to learn about any of our lawn care service, speak to the staff at Professional Yard Services today.