Once autumn arrives many are tired of mowing their lawn and just want to put off lawn care until the spring. Although many don’t realize that autumn lawn care is the best time to help improve your lawn. You can take just a few months in the autumn to get your lawn into its best shape for the spring season.
Autumn lawn care requires that you lower your blades by about an inch from the height that you set during the summer months. This will allow you to get rid of any weed seeds and get more air into the soil. It is also a good idea to use the mulching option if you have it on your mower, by mulching the horde of leaves on the ground you can add a great fertilizer to your lawn.
You will have the most benefit from fall lawn care if you aerate in the areas that have the highest traffic. Areas with a lot of foot traffic become compacted and air can’t get to the grass roots which causes trouble when the grass tries to grow. This is what leads to bare patches in a lawn. Basically with aerating you are punching holes in the soil so that water and nutrients can spread all the way down to the roots.
When it comes to aerators there are several options to choose from. The manual option is special shoes that you can strap over your footwear with large spikes in the bottom. Then you just walk around your lawn in order to aerate it. Then there is a larger manual aerator with four hollow tubes on a horizontal bar that you push into the ground, this option is probably the most labor intensive. Once you are done you can leave the large plugs removed from the lawn as organic matter or compost. To help fill the holes once you are done spread a layer of compost, fertilize and water.
After aerating and de-thatching if necessary then you will need to reseed. You will have nice holes and fresh compost in your yard which is an excellent time for seeds to take a hold. Autumn lawn care is also the best time for grass growth since there is less weed competition. After spreading the new seedlings you need to remember that the key to autumn lawn care is to keep them moist.
The most important of all the autumn lawn care tips is water. In the autumn your lawn needs just as much water as it does in the summer months. Watering allows the new seedlings root systems to become established and fertilisers will be able to sink into the ground better.
Carrying out autumn lawn care only takes a few months and then you will be able to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful lawn all year long.