Fall brings some unique lawn care services, and it’s important to know how best to prepare so that your lawn looks great all season long. To help make this job easier, here are three things that you should keep in mind.
The last thing you want to do is cut your grass down too much during the fall. Always raise your mower’s height 1/2 to one inch for fall trims. This is because when the grass is cut too short during the fall, it can have less area to capture sunlight. The more sunlight grass is able to capture, the most food it can store in its roots for winter. Leaving more leaf area can also help your lawns become denser for winter, which can help prevent weeds from establishing themselves while the grass is dormant.
Most lawn care services advise getting a head start on weed prevention during the fall. This is because treating lawns with a pre-emergent herbicide in the fall can help prevent seeds that are dropped in the summer from being able to sprout. Doing this can help prevent the number of weeds you have to deal with next spring, which is definitely something to be excited about.
As the leaves begin to fall, you’re going to want to stay on top of them, instead of letting them accumulate. While they may be pretty, they can damage grass blades if they are left on the ground too long. As mentioned above, you want your grass to be able to drink in as much sunlight as possible to prepare for winter, and with leaves covering them, they can’t get the light that they need. If possible, rake your leaves at least once a week, depending on how many trees you have in your yard. You could also use a mulching mower to grind up the leaves, or attach a catcher to your mower to easily pick them up. This can make the task easier, and the mulched leaves can be put to good use in a compost pile or planting bed.
However, you should also keep in mind that ticks have been a huge problem this year, and you don’t want to risk getting bit while working on your lawn. In the last 50 years alone, nearly a dozen new tick-borne diseases have been discovered, making these tiny pests a huge problem. If you’re going to be raking under trees, always wear a hat, long sleeves, and long pants. Check yourself and anyone with you for ticks when you come into the house, and if you develop a bullseye-like rash, see your doctor ASAP.
Performing your own lawn care services this fall doesn’t have to be hard. Keep these things in mind and you’ll help prepare your lawn for the coming winter as best as possible and stay safe while doing it.
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