As summer transitions to fall, your lawn will begin to store moisture and nutrients in preparation for the upcoming winter. As a homeowner, there are a few steps you can take now to help your lawn in the process.
ADD SEED TO THICKEN A LAWN
If your lawn is looking thin or if you need to fill in some bare patches, now is the time to reseed. Talk to a turf specialist at a garden shop to find out what type of seed is best for your lawn conditions. Spread the seed over your existing lawn and then water lightly and regularly, making sure the reseeded areas stay moist until the new grass grows in.
A certain amount of thatch – the tightly packed layer of organic matter between the grass blades and the soil surface – can benefit your lawn, but if the layer exceeds half an inch, it can keep moisture and oxygen from reaching the soil and can harbor fungus, insects, and pests. If your lawn needs to be dethatched, you can rent a vertical mower or hire a professional to do the job for you.
Older or heavily trafficked lawns can suffer from soil compaction. A core aerator with hollow tines will pull small plugs of soil out of the ground, allowing increased movement of water, nutrients and oxygen into the soil. You can rent an aerator or hire a professional to aerate your lawn for you.
RAISE YOUR MOWER BLADE
Let your grass grow a bit taller in the fall, usually between one-and-a-half and two-and-a-half inches. If you cut it too short, you’ll severely limit its ability to make and store food for growth in the spring.
WINTERIZE YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM
Be sure to shut off the water to the irrigation system and drain all the pipes before the first freeze.
Source: Grass Seed USA