August is here which means that summer is beginning to wind down and fall will be here before we know it. After a long summer of crazy weather and hot temperatures your lawn might be in need of some recovery work and preparation for the fall. So what exactly needs to be done to get your lawn back to a healthy state? We have the tips!
You’ll want to continue to make sure that your lawn is getting about an inch a water per week. Water deeply once or twice a week instead of more frequently. Watering too frequently will make your lawn more vulnerable to disease.
Mowing frequency should begin to decrease throughout the season. While mowing, still remember to keep the blades sharp and don’t mow too short. For you final mow of the season, however, you’ll want to cut your grass short. This will help protect it throughout the winter keep it from getting any diseases during the cold months,such as snow mold.
It’s essential to continue fertilizing throughout the fall. Before you go out and decide what fertilizer to use, however, it’s beneficial to do a soil test. This will tell you how much nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium your lawn needs. Then you can go out and get the proper fertilizer. To read more about properly fertilizing, check out this article!
Fall is the perfect time to give you lawn an aeration.Throughout the summer your lawn has probably has not only been stressed by the weather, but the soil will have become compacted from that stress and any heavy foot traffic that might have occurred. Aerating your lawn will allow the soil to decompact and get more oxygen, water, and nutrients to the roots. You can read more about the benefits of a fall aeration here.
Fall is also the time to get your lawn seeded. Whether you want to just repair any bare spots or give your lawn a full reseeding, this is a great time to do that! It’s especially great to reseed right after an aeration because those newly created holes will allow the grass seeds to fall into the soil and get all the proper nutrients they need.
If you’re looking for more tips on getting your lawn ready for the fall, check out our FREE Fall Recovery Guide! You can download it today by just clicking the button below!