With the changing of every season, proper lawn care changes as well.
While your lawn will continue to grow throughout the fall, you also need to prepare it for the colder months.
While different regions require different approaches to lawn care, in the end, there are a number of simple steps you can take to make sure your lawn does more than survive the cooler months. With that in mind, we have put together some of our favorite advice and OMRI Listed® products for autumn lawn preparation.
THE BASICS OF FALL YARD CARE
1. Don’t neglect your raking.
Autumn means falling leaves. While many people look forward to the changing colors of the trees, raking has become a ritual chore of fall lawn care. But leaves are more than a nuisance. As fallen leaves decompose, they prevent light and air from reaching your lawn while creating a perfect environment for lawn-killing insects. If fallen leaves are sparse, you can use a mulching mower to break them down and convert them into a lawn-healthy top dressing. If your leaf cover is more extensive, you will need to collect and remove them from your lawn. Either way, make sure to keep up with your raking.
2. Use those leaves to your advantage.
While fallen leaves may be a chore, they can also be your best tool for a healthy lawn year-round. Turn your leaves into mulch or compost. Many lawn mowers feature baggers that can easily collect leaves for more extensive mulching. Or you can simply place your raked leaves in a composter where they can transform into rich soil. Flattened wet leaves are lawn killers, but properly composted leaves become easy — and free — material for sustaining a healthy lawn. Start your compost with a starter like Ringer® Compost Plus Compost Starter.
3. Take control of weeds.
Fall is the perfect time for applying weed prevention products, like Concern® Weed Prevention Plus®. Certain weeds, such as dandelions, begin growing in the fall, so you want to make sure you don’t limit weed prevention measures to the spring. Plus, a product like Concern® also contains fertilizer, designed to feed your lawn all year. Just make sure to follow the product instructions for application, as individual products are formulated differently.