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JANUARY 31 2023 / LAWN
Just because summer is coming to a close, that doesn’t mean that your lawn care ends. Fall lawn treatments are crucial to a year-long maintenance plan. Apart from clearing out old or dead plants and overgrowth, fall is the best time to plant perennials and plan and prep your garden for the spring.
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Before we go any further, there are two types of lawns, cool-season turf (fescue) and warm-season turf (bermuda). Each type requires different care. Here are some reminders for each type as we transition into fall!
As the summer heat slowly fades, you’ll need to readjust your watering schedule. Yes, your lawn will still need to be watered regularly to keep it healthy. September and October can be two of the driest months of the year. Since the growth rate of the warm season turf is slowing down, you can decrease your watering to 2-3 times per week, or as needed depending on rainfall.
For cool-season turf, if you aerate and overseed your lawn like recommended, you will have to water any seeded areas daily for at least 2-3 weeks until the seed starts to develop its root system and can pull water from the soil. Once the seedlings can no longer be pulled up by hand, you can back off on watering and water 2-3 times per week, or as needed depending on rainfall.
Then, it’s time for the fun part - perennials! Now is a great time to change up the look of your yard with a variety of colors and textures. Fall is also a great time to plant any new trees and shrubs you wish to add, as they won’t have to fight against the heat and moisture loss of the summer.
Aeration and fertilization are two crucial elements to the perfectly verdant green lawn. For cool-season turf, it is recommended to aerate, overseed, and start fertilizing in the fall. This will help the new seedlings get off to a good start as well as rejuvenate the cool-season grass from the stress of summer heat.
Keep in mind, for warm-season turf, it is NOT recommended to aerate during the fall. The holes created from aeration on warm-season turf don’t typically have time to heal up since the growth of the turf is slowing down. Fall care for this type of turf should be fertilized with a fertilizer low in nitrogen and high in potassium to help prepare the turf for winter.
If you live in the South, you know that grass doesn’t stop growing until it frosts over in the winter. Even though you may not have to mow every weekend like in peak growing season, you still will have to give your lawn the occasional trim. Once it does frost over, it’s the perfect time to do any necessary maintenance on your mower. Sharpen the blades, check the spark plugs, and change the oil! Check any other outside tools for repairs or maintenance as well.
Also, just because it’s fall doesn’t mean the pests disappear! You still have to keep up with your pest control, both for the bugs looking to attack your lawn and those looking to invade your home. Waynes can help check the perimeter of your home to make sure there aren’t any bugs trying to get inside to escape the cool air. Pest problems that don’t seem like a big deal in the fall can bloom into huge issues the following year, so make sure you are ahead of it!
If this feels like too many things to keep track of, contact us today! We can put together a lawn treatment plan tailored to your home’s needs.