If you want a blooming spring for your lawn that’s worthy of being on a post-card, you should start now. People with green thumb know for a fact that the best way to guarantee a green and healthy lawn in spring is to provide it with love and care during autumn. It means giving it proper attention before winter comes.
You are probably discouraged from spending time thinking about your lawn during the colder months. All you want to do is to be covered in your thick blanket as you drink a huge mug of pumpkin spice latte. Do not make the mistake of disregarding your lawn. During this time of the year, the grass is absorbing everything it needs to prepare for the long winter spell—moisture, nutrients, and energy. It’s similar to the way animals collate food in preparation for hibernation. Caring for your lawn during the peak of autumn will make your life easier during spring.
Here is a guide on how you can care for your lawn during autumn season:
1. Pick up the leaves.
Many poems were written just by the image of autumn’s burning leaves. They look beautiful, no doubt, but it’s better to keep the fallen leaves away from your lawn. What they do is trap the moisture and block the light away from the grass of your lawn.
Falling leaves are inevitable. It’s part of nature’s cycle. To address this, rake them away as often as possible. If you don’t, expect your lawn to be a carpet of wet decaying soil during spring.
2. Continue to water your lawn.
Just because it rains during autumn doesn’t mean you will consciously decide to let nature do the job for you. There’s indeed less sunlight, meaning less chance for water to evaporate. However, this is not enough to keep the roots hydrated enough until winter.
You can choose to have the sprinklers running before November. If you have an irrigation system, you can choose that, too. After that, you can disconnect the system by then to avoid frozen pipes.
3. Cut the grass to their proper size.
Cutting the grass too short will hinder its ability to withstand the cold winter days. Letting the grass grow too long will increase its chances to acquire mold as the weather drops. The ideal grass size is two and a half to three inches. Your lawn will still need regular trimming during autumn until the first day of winter.
4. Fertilize three weeks before the last mowing session this season.
Ideally, you should fertilize your lawn four times a year for the picture-perfect lawn. If you can’t commit to four times a year, the best time to do it is during autumn. Ask your lawn service provider about the best fertilizer to use according to the condition of your lawn. Doing so will provide the best nutrients for your lawn’s grassroots before their dormant state in the winter. This way, the grass will have enough nutrients to grow when it emerges from dormancy during the spring season.
Taking care of your lawn is an all-year responsibility. It is a relaxing and fulfilling activity despite the effort needed. On busier days, don’t stress out and contact a professional to help you maintain the beauty of your lawn.