7 Fall Lawn Care Secrets For a Beautiful Spring Lawn

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • September 27, 2018

It’s never too early to prep for spring with fall lawn care!

If you dream of having a lush, perfectly green lawn come spring, you better start preparing for it now. Beautiful spring lawns don’t just happen overnight! They require maintenance, starting with fall lawn care.

If you want a beautiful lawn this spring, follow these 7 fall lawn care secrets:

1. Kill your weeds

If your lawn is covered in dandelions, quackgrass, white clovers or crabgrass, don’t leave them in the ground. Weeds absorb energy in the fall so they’ll be ready to attack your lawn in the spring. This can ruin your chance of having a healthy lawn. Take care of your weeds now with a weed killer, and your weeds won’t return in the spring.

2. Mow the lawn low

Continue to mow your lawn throughout the fall. As the season goes on, adjust your mower’s blade to a lower setting than you used in the summer. For the last two cuts of the year, drop the mower’s blade to the lowest setting. By lowering the blade and cutting the grass shorter, the base of the grass will be exposed, allowing more sunlight to reach it. This means fewer grass leaves will turn brown during the winter. Make sure you don’t cut the grass too short though–no less than two inches is a good bet.

3. Rake your leaves

Remove the dead, fallen leaves from your lawn as soon as they fall. Waiting until all of your leaves fall will cause trouble for your lawn when the leaves get wet from rain and dew. This will make them stick together, creating a mat that will suffocate and kill the grass, and encourage the spread of mold and mildew.  

4. Aerate the soil

Aerate your lawn in the fall so that oxygen, water, and fertilizer can reach the grass roots more easily. This will also help to create a stronger root system. Rent an aerator to punch holes into the soil or hire a landscaper to do the work for you.

5. Fertilize

Fall is the best time to fertilize for a beautiful spring lawn for several reasons. First, cooler temperatures put less stress on your lawn to grow, giving your grass the chance to rebuild its strength before winter. Also, morning dew, which is common in the fall, provides enough moisture to help your turf absorb fertilizer. Lastly, fall fertilizing helps your grass develop a thick and deep root system allowing it to better survive winter weather.  

Knowing which grass type you have will allow you to decide when the best time to fertilize is.  

6. Fill in the bare spots

If your lawn is missing a few patches of grass that have perhaps died off, fall is a great time to overseed these spots. Rake the spot well, then spread a thick layer of lawn repair mixture (typically made with grass seed, a special lawn starter fertilizer, and organic mulch) over the entire area. Lightly compact the mixture and water it thoroughly. Then, continue to water it daily for two weeks.

7. Keep the grass watered

It’s not only the bare spots that need watering – the whole lawn will need to be watered until fall rains take over. The best time to water the lawn is in the late morning to mid-afternoon. Don’t water in the evenings because the cooler night temperatures will allow fungus to grow.

Fall lawn care tasks might not be the most fun thing on your to-do list, but it’s necessary if you want to have a nice green lawn come spring.

If you’re unsure of what your lawn might need this fall, we’re here to help. Read more about our lawn services and contact us if you’re interested in receiving a quote. Don’t forget us in the spring!

We’ve put together a Year-Round Lawn Care Workbook just for folks like you. Unsure of how to maintain your lawn throughout the year? Allow us to walk you through lawn care step-by-step. We’ve even included our best practices, tips, and tricks!  

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