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Checklist for Lawn Care in the Fall Season

September 14, 2016

It's almost the end of the summer in Denver, but your lawn still needs maintenance! You still have to maintain your landscape. To have a head start for the fall season, there are some simple steps to take right now before summer comes to an end. If you live in temperate or cold climate, the fall is usually better to think about next year’s landscape, if you want to maintain a healthy lawn throughout the year. No matter where you live, there are specific things to consider for your lawn. You will only need to make some slight variations.

The Grass
There are many homeowners who believe that their lawns do not need much care during the fall season since the grass will grow more slowly. However, this is the furthest thing from the truth. During the fall season, grass is still absorbing moisture, energy, and nutrients in order to prepare for the long and dormant wintry months. If you give your lawn the attention it needs now, then you will be rewarded with lush landscape during the remaining months.

Maintain Landscape
For that reason, you need to keep watering and mowing your lawn as you need to, all through the fall season. As the fall season comes to a close, drop the blade in the mower at its lowest setting to give the lawn its last two mows for the year. In doing so, more sunlight will get to the crown of the grass. There will also be fewer leaves turning brown when winter rolls around.

Promoting the health and growth of your grass root will help to protect your grass against insects and weeds. It will also prepare your lawn for next season. Make sure that you apply fertilizer on your lawn, especially for winterization. Apply the fertilizer before the grass stops its growth. The appropriate combination of quick release and slow release elements is critical.

Lawn Watering
Even though the summer heat will dissipate during the fall, this does not mean that your lawn does not need water. If you live in a northern climate area, your lawn will need watering up to the initial freeze. If you live in a southern climate area, you should have your lawn watered every two or three weeks once the temperature on the ground is above freezing.

The Seeding
Grasses during the warm season should be seeded during the summer or spring. Grasses during the cool season needs to be planted during the fall season. After thatching or aeration, take the chance to over-seed your lawn. Where there are dead patches on the lawn, try to repair them. Use a combination of mulch, seed, and fertilizer.

The Maintenance
Keep the lawn trimmed to its right height as you make preparations for the winter months. Even though, the growth of your grass will be slower during the cooler months, it should still be long enough for insulation and short enough to prevent matting under the weighty snow. The last grass cutting should be shorter than normal.

If you need help to improve your lawn or continue with your lawn care for the fall season, speak to the experts at My Landscaper. You can also call 720-882-5772 for an in-depth discussion.