As we march on through August, the end of summer enters our periphery. Seasonal changes and maintenance concerns are on the horizon, and now is the perfect time for homeowners to put in the work for next year’s lawns and gardens. Fall is the ideal time of year for various lawn maintenance activities: overseeding, topdressing, and aeration should all be on your radar. Take a stroll around your property and determine what your lawn needs for a successful fall, winter, and spring.
Homeowners Should Assess the State of Their Lawns
Not every lawn has the same needs. Before you can devise an autumn grass maintenance regimen, you need to assess the current state of your lawn. Look for problem areas and signs of grubs, fungal infections, and nutrient deficiencies. Take note of any patchy areas, brown spots, or soggy places on your lawn.
Consider Overseeding in the Fall
If you’ve noticed significant bare spots or patches of weeds, consider overseeding this year. Late summer and fall are perfect for overseeding — competition from weeds is less severe than other times of the year, plus your new grass seedlings will have time to mature before freezing temperatures set in. Visit Lehnhoff’s Supply for grass seed, straw, and other supplies that may be necessary for successful overseeding.
Stay on Top of Mowing and Weeding
Don’t slack on routine maintenance! Keep on top of your mowing and weeding routine, making sure to mow with a sharp mower blade and remove weeds by the root. Keeping your lawn as healthy as possible going into the fall is crucial for effective overwintering and healthy growth in the spring.
Look Into Aeration, Fertilization, and Topdressing
Some lawns may need to be aerated or fertilized for optimal growth, and autumn is an excellent time to get to work. Core aeration reduces soil compaction, allowing air, water, and nutrients to get to your lawn’s roots. Many people choose to aerate first, then fertilize, then overseed if necessary. Topdressing is another common form of grass maintenance in which homeowners spread a thin layer of compost or sand on top of all or part of a lawn. This process helps break down thatch, amend the soil, and level out any undesirable slopes or dips.
Perfect Your Property’s Irrigation
Finally, make sure your grass is getting the right amount of water — too much or too little can cause significant problems down the line. Avoid a soggy lawn by addressing drainage concerns on your property ahead of the moisture and cold temperatures that the cooler months may bring.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer or fall, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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