When you think of lawn care, you think of spring and summer, but tending to your lawn (and landscaping) is a year round job. Use the welcoming fall weather to tend to some existing issues with your lawn before the cooler winter months settle in.
1. Keep Mowing (but adjust HOW you mow) - Mowing your grass a little shorter in fall months allows extra sunlight to reach the grass in the winter months ahead. Take care to not mow more than 1/3 shorter.
2. Remove Leaves as They Fall - Don't wait until all the leaves have fallen to rake! Leaving leaves on the grass for an extended time period can suffocate the grass underneath by depriving it of light and oxygen. It also may cause a fungal problem. You don't have to rake every day, but do so periodically to avoid damaging your lawn.
3. Repair Bald Spots - The summer months can take a toll on your lawn, leaving bald spots here and there. Autumn is a great time to repair these spots. There are Lawn Repair mixes that you can get that contain mulch, seed and fertilizer. Some, you can even see the beginning of results in a week's time. Before you apply it, you may need to remove dead grass and loosen the soil a bit a well. Read the directions on the product you choose.
4. Aerate the Turf - Aerating the turf, reduces soil compacting, which helps the fertilizer and water get into the lawn's roots. Just putting fresh "holes" in the yard may not do everything you want. You can also get your soil tested so you know what kind of nutrients the lawn needs. Check your local garden or home improvement center for test kits or other supplies.
Fall lawn care provides a great reason to spend some time in the yard before the cold winter months arrive!