Maintaining a clean, nicely landscaped yard is an excellent way to ward off some of the most common pests. Like many people, however, you may think that turf care can safely fall by the wayside when fall arrives. In reality, though, it is crucial to take steps to prepare turf for the colder months ahead. Keep reading to find out how.
Tips for Caring for Turf in the Fall
Get your lawn ready for the winter with these fall care tips:
- Clear Leaves - Stay on top of the leaf situation. If allowed to go for too long, leaves can pile up and damage your turf. Piles of leaves trap moisture and block sunlight, which leads to a decaying mess. Blow or rake leaves often to keep this issue at bay.
- Keep Mowing - Continue to cut your lawn throughout the fall, maintaining a height of around 2.5 to 3 inches. If cut too short, grass roots may become compromised; if allowed to grow too long, grass can bend over, mat and become susceptible to fungi and other problems. Regular mowing also turns stray leaves into beneficial mulch.
- Aerate the Soil - Every couple of years, use a core aerator to loosen the soil. This also helps to remove thatch, the layer of stems, roots and debris that develops in turf over time. Aerating breaks up thatch, allowing oxygen, sunlight, water and nutrients to be delivered more efficiently.
- Fertilize - Promote strong root growth to ensure a healthy lawn come spring by fertilizing at least one time during the fall. Using a fertilizer with high levels of potassium and nitrogen will help your lawn to resist cold and drought, and it will protect it from common diseases.
- Water Often - As long as you are getting at least 1 inch of rain per week, you shouldn't have to worry about watering. Otherwise, plan to water at least one time per week to keep roots healthy and hydrated.
- Overseed - Finally, ward off the next generation of weeds and fill in any gaps or spaces in the turf by spreading some grass seed. Fall is the optimal time to overseed turf, and doing so doesn't just give weeds less room to grow; it also introduces new strains of resilient grass, and this helps to improve the overall health of the lawn.
In addition to caring for your lawn, you're also going to want to keep pests under control.
While it may seem like a lot of pointless work now, the above fall turf care tips will pay off when your lawn bounces back to life in the spring. If you suspect that pests are ruining your lawn or have otherwise infiltrated your home, professional assistance is a must. Contact Impact Pest Elimination today for a free quote.