Late Fall Lawn Maintenance Tips
As we move through the last two months of 2019, we reflect on the stress our turf and its root system have endured over the past year. Now is the time for a few last efforts that will do much to help our lawns as we move through the fall season. We hope the following tips will be of help in your outdoor endeavors:
Maintenance Tip #1 – Winterizing Fertilization
Feeding your lawn in the early winter is the most important of all tips. Fertilization at this time will help boost the photosynthesis rate of the turf, and build carbohydrate reserves in the plant to help lawns green up in the spring. Late season fertilization also helps to increase the lawn’s winter hardiness and promotes deeper root growth, resulting in a healthier lawn next season. If you are already a regular 6-application lawn client with Lawn Cure, rest assured this important fertilization is already a part of your program as the Round 6 application. Not scheduled for Round 6 now? It’s not too late! Simply contact our office to add this valuable service to your regular schedule
Maintenance Tip #2 - Leaves and debris
Keep your lawn clear of leaves and other debris. Leaves left on the lawn for extended periods can smother your grass and leave you with areas of dead turf. Excessive leaves left on the lawn can also cause an imbalance in your soil’s Ph, making for more difficult growing conditions next year. Landscape areas also need to be kept clean. Excess leaf litter can be a source of unwanted insects and fungus on ornamentals and turf. Keep those rakes and leaf blowers active!
Maintenance Tip #3 - Mowing
When mowing, always set your highest settings, one that leaves at least a 3” blade. Leaving the grass blade taller helps promotes a deeper and stronger root. Cutting the grass too short will stress out the blade/roots and cause the grass to brown out and in some cases, die out. Make sure your mower blades are sharp, as a dull blade can tear the grass and lead to browning out and health issues with your turf. Remember, your final few mowings of the season will help take care of the falling leaves as well.
We wish you a warm and safe fall season!