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How to Prep Your Lawn for Fall Season

Summer has come and gone in a flash and it’s time to prepare for what lies ahead. If you’re like many people, then your summer was spent spending time with friends and enjoying the sunshine. It’s all too easy, when you’re having a good time, to forget about fall lawn care and what it takes to prepare your lawn for the fall. Not to worry, you’re not alone. If the arrival of autumn caught you by surprise, rest assured you’re not too late. Let's to take a look at how to prepare your lawn for the fall season, and who to call to get it back on track.  

Overseed and Repair Bare Spots  

Because you got a bit of a late start, it’s important you locate brown or bare spots in your lawn and repair them. Depending on how large the bare spots are, you will need to plant new sod or heavily seed the affected area. Make sure the sod or seed you use is specifically formulated for your climate and type of lawn. If your lawn is thin in spots, overseeding lawn in fall months can help build it back up before winter sets in. If you decide to overseed your lawn, make sure you do it at least 45 days before the first frost of the season.  

Remove Thatch and Aerate 

There’s a lot of information about thatch and how it’s a good thing and that improves the health of your lawn. While it’s true that a thin layer of thatch is good, anything thicker than half an inch can obstruct the movement of water and nutrients, which can lead to diseased grass. A thicker thatch is also an ideal habitat for insects. To prevent this from happening, you’ll need to remove any excess thatch and aerate the soil beneath it. Dethatching tools and core aerators may be necessary to complete this task. If you don’t own these tools, they can be rented from most home improvement stores. By dethatching and aerating your lawn in the fall, you’ll improve its overall health and well-being.  

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Change Watering Schedule 

Depending on what part of the country you live in, your grass will continue to grow through the fall months until the first hard freeze, frost, or snow. It’s important to keep watering your lawn during this time, as needed, to keep it healthy. If you live in a part of the country that gest heavy rainfall during autumn, you’ll need to adjust your watering schedule so your lawn doesn’t become oversaturated and washed out.  

Weed and Feed 

Choosing a good fall lawn fertilizer is essential to fall lawn care. Since weeds are hardy and will continue to grow up until the first heavy freeze of the season, it’s important to choose an effective weed and feed fall lawn fertilizer to eliminate late season weeds. The right fertilizer can also help your lawn develop and rebuild roots that may have been damaged by the heat and dryness of the summer months.  

Remove Fallen Leaves 

No fall lawn care is complete without getting rid of the leaves that have fallen into your yard. Despite what you might have heard, leaving a layer of leaves on your yard isn’t beneficial. It may seem like the leaves form a blanket for your lawn and prevent it from freezing during the winter, but that isn’t how it works. A heavy layer of leaves can actually suffocate your grass by not allowing it to breathe. Furthermore, if the fallen leaves are waxy or have a high acidity rate, they can throw off the pH balance of your grass and cause even more damage. To prevent this from happening, it’s important your fall lawn maintenance includes cleaning the leaves out of your yard. You can do this by raking them up or by mowing them into tiny bits so they fall into your lawn’s canopy and are absorbed back into the soil.  

Call the Experts 

With everything you’ve got going on during the fall—from the kid going back to school to preparing for the holidays—the time-consuming work of preparing your lawn for the fall can be difficult. In fact, lawn care can take up a lot of your time, no matter what time of year it is. If you want a beautiful lawn without all the work and stress, let The Grounds Guys help you out. The Grounds Guys will make sure your lawn is ready for the fall and ensure it stays healthy throughout the year. Call today to get a quote and let The Grounds Guys take your lawn off your mind.