Prepping for fall lawn care

Posted on: July 27, 2018

Summer can be tough on your lawn. Between the heat, lack of rainfall, and traffic from kids and pets, dry patches and bare spots can quickly form in the grass. But don’t worry! August is the perfect time to start planning out the next steps in your lawn care.

What you need to do

Spending some time in the mornings or evenings, when the temperature isn’t as high, can make a big difference for your lawn going into fall.

  • Water, water, water! Just because the weather will start to cool down in the coming weeks, it doesn’t mean you can back off on watering. A deep weekly watering will keep your lawn healthier and greener.
  • Use a higher blade setting on your mower! The sun can quickly bake and brown your grass. Longer grass helps provide shade to the blades and will help retain moisture.
  • Watch out for weeds! A few weeds won’t be a problem, but too many and they can quickly suck the water away from your grass.

Consider fall overseeding

Overseeding is a quick and cost efficient way to revitalize your lawn and keep it lush and green. Even if you can’t see any signs of wear in your grass, overseeding can help prevent weeds and keep your lawn thick.

Fall is the best time to overseed, to help your grass recuperate after the hot, harsh summer. The combination of cooler temperatures, plus soil that is still warm, create ideal conditions for seed germination. The seeds can retain moisture more efficiently, allowing them to thrive.

It’s possible to overseed in the spring, but we caution against it. Fall provides better conditions for seed germination, and pre-emergent is typically applied in the spring. Pre-emergent, which prevents weeds, is specially designed to halt seed germination. Even the best overseeding attempts can be thwarted by pre-emergent.

Start planning now

Don’t skimp on lawn care just because fall is on its way! Although August isn’t the best time to overseed, it’s the perfect time to start planning. Is your yard thinning, browning, or showing signs of wear? If so, contact us to schedule an appointment for this fall!