Getting Your Lawn Ready for Fall

It’s that time of year where the seasons are beginning to change. Summer is coming to a close and Fall is just around the corner. The heat from the summer sun can dry out and thin your lawn, so mid-August through September is the perfect time to improve your lawn’s appearance after the wear and tear of the heat. Giving your lawn extra attention before the change in weather will help sustain its health throughout the upcoming season. It’s better to start now instead of later as to minimize the efforts you’ll have to make in the colder weather.

At this point in the summer season, it is important to focus on the health of your lawn. You definitely want to focus on the condition of the soil. Fertilizing your landscape will ensure healthy growth for the Fall and it also gives life back to a lawn that has been damaged from the sun and high temperatures. You should also aerate your soil. Aeration reduces thatch build-up and contributes to a healthier layer of soil.

Weed control is another important step to take before the season’s change. Fall is prime time for weeds to soak up anything and everything they can to survive in spring. If you treat your weeds before fall arrives, they won’t show up after the harsh weather has passed. As the leaves begin to fall, you should start raking. Waiting until all the leaves have fallen will prevent your grass from growing to its full potential and it’s much less of a hassle to take care of the mess in small increments rather than all at once.

Not only should you pay attention to the health of your lawn, but also to the state of your landscape as a whole. Much of the landscaping choices you make for the summer won’t last through the cold weather of fall. Mulch is a great way to protect plant roots from the cold and it also keeps your landscape looking clean and put together. Your local home improvement store also houses many options for Fall plants that are perfect for the new weather.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to protect your lawn from the changing season. A little extra TLC now can save you a lot of time and effort in the cold. By maintaining the health of your lawn now, you’ll see great results once the season begins to change. A few simple steps can keep your landscape looking beautiful and once the warm weather comes around again, it will be easy to transition.

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