As we head into the fall, cool weather grasses will start to flourish. Lawns with Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fine fescues will start to look lush and full. The warm days and cool nights are the perfect time to establish new grass in your lawn, especially if you have bare spots. Regular watering with your irrigation system from Spartan Irrigation will further increase your success in growing new grass this fall. So will these five fall lawn care tips.
1. Remove Thatch
During the summer months, a layer of organic matter forms between the soil and the grass blades. While this can benefit your lawn if it’s thin, it can make planting new seed difficult in the fall. It can also limit water and nutrient movement, and is a perfect breeding ground for grass diseases. Autumn is a great time to rake your yard and remove the overgrown thatch.
2. Test the Soil
Having your soil tested takes the guesswork out of what your lawn may be missing. When you know the levels of the pH and nutrients in your soil, you can better prepare with the right fertilizers. Some applications of fast-acting lime fertilizers begin to work right away, restoring nutrients and balancing the pH in your soil, which will promote a healthy lawn in the fall and spring.
3. Control Weeds
You likely sprayed for weeds in the spring, while planting new flowers or cleaning up from the winter. However, fall is also a great time to fight weeds. If you want to accomplish more with one pass, spread a weed-and-feed fertilizer as soon as cooler temps begin to settle in. This will kill the weeds while still nourishing your lawn.
4. Water Regularly
Even as we head into fall, watering your lawn regularly will be essential if you want a lush, green landscape around your home before winter. This is even more important if you plan to spread new seed this season. The new seeds will need plenty of water and sunlight to take hold and grow quickly before the first frost approaches. A good rule of thumb is to remember that your lawn needs about an inch of water weekly.
Summer barbeques and backyard parties with heavy foot traffic have left your lawn with compacted soil. When soil compacts, it can restrict root growth. To avoid choking your new grass blades this fall, take some time to aerate your lawn. This will help break up those compacted areas, and restore airflow and nutrients below the surface to promote grass growth.
Get Ready for Fall
We understand that everyone has a busy schedule, which means your fall lawn care can take a backseat. But that doesn’t mean you have to let it go. Instead, call Spartan Irrigation for all of your irrigation needs. We proudly serve residents throughout Lansing, MI. We’ll even install or repair your sprinkler system and help you hang those decorative holiday lights. Contact us today to get started. Call (800) 331-1746.