Certain times of the year are better for certain lawn maintenance practices. Now that it’s finally fall, fertilizing your lawn should be on your to-do list. Learn more about how and why.
Why Fertilize in the Fall
The weather is getting colder, so lawns are starting to go dormant, but it’s not sleeping yet. In fact, fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn. Why?
- The weather is not as stressful as the harsh summer heat and frozen winter ground.
- Chilly morning dew adds moisture to the turf to help absorb fertilizer better.
- There’s still time to build-up defenses before winter sets in.
- Roots are strengthened underneath the surface, resulting in a lusher lawn come spring.
Fall fertilizing is more involved than simply dusting your grass with organic matter. Learn the proper fertilizing techniques to get the most out of this ideal time of year.
Fall Fertilizing Techniques
Before you apply any fertilizer, you have a little research to do. Find out when the first frost is forecasted for your area. You’ll want some time in between for the fertilizer to absorb into the soil. Once you find the date—which should be around mid-October—schedule fertilizing about two to three weeks before it.
Once you’re ready to fertilize, here’s how;
- Check the forecast. Pick a dry day for fertilizing. If it just rained or will rain soon, pick another day to limit the amount of runoff.
- Mow your lawn right before you fertilize and leave some grass clippings to act as another natural component.
- Fertilize in the morning or early evening when it’s not as warm.
For more fall lawn maintenance tips and the best products to use for your particular lawn, contact [company] today—or at least three weeks before the first frost.
Summer isn’t the only season that’s crucial for successful lawn care. Tackling tough invasive plants is all about timing, and fall weed prevention makes maintaining a healthy lawn easier in the long run. This is the season to win the war on weeds and here’s why.
Why Fight Weeds in Fall?
While the weather outside cools down, plants, trees, and grass prepare for the colder season ahead. This is the time when perennial weeds load up on nutrients to survive the winter by transporting food from the leaves down into the root system. Apply weed killer at this time and it goes right to the roots as well, quickly destroying the invasive plant.
Choosing Weapons for Fall Weed Prevention
Properly pick your poison to do battle. There are two types of herbicides, selective and non selective. A selective herbicide targets certain weeds, while a non-selective one simply kills everything it comes in contact with. If targeting a weed within the lawn, choose a selective herbicide to prevent damaging the grass around it.
Another consideration is using pre or post emergent herbicides. Pre emergent products target weeds before they germinate, while under the soil and before they sprout. On the other hand, post emergent products are applied to existing weeds. Effective weed killers often contain a variety of herbicides to tackle more than one type of plant. Carefully read the labels on each product to make sure it targets the weeds you want.
DYI Tips for Fall Weed Prevention
- Feeding your lawn fertilizer in fall not only strengthens it for winter, but helps it grow healthy in the spring, and lush enough to prevent weeds from invading.
- One application of herbicide may not do the trick. Often two or three applications are required.
- After applying a pre emergent product, give it a good watering if there’s no rain in the forecast. This activates the chemical so it creates a barrier in the soil.
- Most importantly, carefully follow the directions on the label for mixing the formula, timing of application, and safety suggestions.
Let Us Keep Your Lawn Healthy and Weed Free
Fall weed prevention is only one step in keeping your turf in top shape. For a healthy lawn that fights weeds with ease, a year-round maintenance plan is the way to go. Call Free Spray Lawn Care today at [phone] and we’ll handle the labor-intensive work while you reap the benefits of a beautiful yard.
Many things come to mind with the onset of fall. We associate the season with back to school, leaves changing colors, and football games, to name a few. But there’s one thing no one wants to think about: small creatures invading homes to overwinter in the cooler weather. With proper fall pest prevention you won’t have to worry about what bugs you now and throughout the winter. Here’s how to protect your home and family from creepy crawly intruders.
Pests to Prevent (and Why They Bug Us)
Some of the usual suspects for pest invasions in fall are rodents, spiders, ants, termites, cockroaches, fleas, centipedes, stink bugs, and even innocent looking ladybugs. But why do they head into our homes? Many creatures sense the change in weather and search for a warm protected place to overwinter, preferably before the first frost. And it’s easier for them to take cover in already existing structures like sheds, garages, basements, or any dark quiet corner in your home. Besides warmth and protection, the new nesting area must provide them with food and water.
Our Top Tips for Fall Pest Prevention
It’s time to brush up on fall pest prevention with these tips.
- Seal up tears in window screens and weather stripping. Check for cracks and crevices around doors, windows, and floorboards.
- Many pests take a fancy to your food. Crumbs on the floor, leftovers left out, and even pet food make a meal for these invaders. (One man’s trash is a bug’s treasure!).
- Take out the garbage as soon as it’s full or has any kind of smell.
- Invest in a caulking gun to seal up cracks in foundations and around windows and doors. Don’t forget gaps around pipes, plumbing, and places where wires enter the home.
- Clean up inside. Stacks of papers, cardboard boxes, and clutter in general give pests a cozy place to nest. And, some bugs feed on paper and cardboard.
- Remove their water sources by fixing leaky pipes. Check for rotted wood and repair.
- Clean up outside, too. Unfortunately, this involves yard work. Trim tree and shrub branches that are too close to the house. They function as an easy access bridge for bugs. Move any firewood away from the house. Clear out any junk in the yard. It makes nice nooks and crannies for bugs and rodents.
Let Us Help Ban Bugs from Your Home
A few bugs are a nuisance, but a pest infestation often leads to more problems like structural damage, gnawed electrical wires (and potential fire), and food contamination. Some pests even bite and cause unpleasant allergic reactions. Call an expert to help pest-proof your home. At Free Spray Lawn Care we specialize in fall pest prevention and keeping unwanted guests out of your home in any season. Contact us at [phone] today.
Summer’s end is not a signal to stop taking care of your turf. In fact, fall lawn maintenance has a direct effect on how your lawn looks come spring. With winter around the corner, what matters most is getting the grass healthy enough to handle the harsh weather. Follow these fall lawn maintenance tips before you hang up your tools and hideaway the mower for the next season.
Raking Is Rule One
It’s necessary to remove that carpet of colorful leaves that covers the lawn each fall. Although it looks lovely, that leafy blanket blocks out sunlight and prevents air and nutrients from getting to the turf. Don’t wait until all the leaves are down to save yourself from repeating the task. Damp leaves smother the grass and create a breeding ground for fungal disease. The sooner you remove leaves, the better.
Mow What Grows
Don’t put the mower away yet! Keep cutting the grass while it’s growing, which is usually until the first frost. On the last mow, make sure to cut grass about 2-1/2 inches high, which is a healthy height for cool season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass. Be sure not to cut more than a third of the blade’s height at each mowing. Watering is another task that should be continued into fall. Make sure the grass gets about an inch of water per week, including rain, up until the end of October.
Feed Your Lawn in Fall
Fertilizing is a fall lawn maintenance must. It helps the grass heal from summer’s hot, dry weather and extra traffic, while getting it hardy enough for winter. If you fertilize in early fall, grass gets the nutrients it needs to survive the winter and thrive in spring. Fall is also the right time to kill certain weeds. Combine your efforts and put down a weed-and-feed product to handle the two tasks simultaneously.
Besides raking leaves, other cleanup tasks remain. Aerate your lawn to remove excess thatch and loosen up compacted soil. The process places holes in the turf making it easy for water, oxygen, and fertilizer to reach the grass roots. Now is also the time to put away lawn furniture, toys, and yard tools. Reseed the bare spots left behind where these items sat for long periods of time.
Fall Lawn Maintenance Matters
Is your lawn ready to weather the winter ahead? If you need help with fall lawn maintenance, call the experts. Contact Free Spray Lawn Care today at [phone]. We’ll get your grass in good health so you can enjoy a beautiful yard in spring.