Home Garden Tips: How to Take Care of the Lawn

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As summer draws to a conclusion, this does not mean that lawn care is now unnecessary. Taking some simple steps when tending to your grass will help you develop a healthy lawn.  As autumn and winter approaches, we should not spend too much time thinking about our lawns.

Autumn is accompanied by cool temperatures and periodic rainfall that showcases this as the ideal time for preparing the lawn. As the fall kicks in, lawn care drops down from the top priority list. During autumn the temperatures are cooler and experience rainfall occasionally. This is the main place to start preparing your lawns during spring

Keep mowing

MowingDuring fall, this is the perfect time for mowing your lawn. As the season draws to a close, the blade of the mower is dropped to its lowest setting. This allows sunlight to reach the grass. Once you lower the blades remember to trim a third of the blades. If possible. Lower the cutting height.

Soil aeration

Fall is the best period to aerate the lawns in a way that water, oxygen, and fertilizers easily access the roots. A walk-behind, a gas-powered aerator can be rented. This type of self-propelled machine can punch holes right into the soil extracting dirt plugs. Those with large yards, about 3 to 4 acres, and are too busy to carry out aeration, can hire landscaping contractors.

Raking the leaves

Raking leaves seem like a tedious work proposal, however, it is important if you want a healthy looking lawn. Do not wait till all leaves have fallen from your trees to begin the process, do it immediately. If you continue with raking, the leaves get wet from morning dew and rain. When the leaves stick together, they form a mat that suffocates grass and causes fungal diseases.

Another raking alternative considered by many is using lawnmowers fitted with vacuum systems and collection bags. These methods are highly effective for those with large yards containing many decides trees. Whether you use lawnmowers or rakes, ensure the leaves are removed before they become soggy and suffocate the mess.

For future growth, fertilize

grassLawn mowing experts agree that fertilizing your lawn once during the fall is very important. It’s best to do this around the fall. Grass leaves grow much slower as the weather cools, however, the rhizomes and grassroots will keep growing. Rhizomes are the horizontal plant stems lying beneath the soil surface that produces grass blades above the roots. Fertilizer delivers important nutrients to the grass to keep their roots grow deeper.

Weed control

Weeds such as dandelion seem to have taken over the lawn. During the fall plants take in a great deal of energy absorbing even weed killers. A good herbicide will keep the weeds away.