Fall Lawn Care Tips

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Fall is the best time of the year for taking care of your lawn. Weed and thatch control, fertilization, establishment of new lawns, renovations of bad lawns all are prime for fall lawn care.

Best time to fertilize is around Labor Day unless...

You have a moderate quality lawn –May Day/Labor Day
You have a high-quality lawn- May Day, Labor Day and Halloween
You have a very high-quality lawn that is watered all summer – Father’s Day

You want a top quality slow – release fertilizer. Look on the label for forms like ureaform, sulfur-coated urea, milorganite, and IBDU. These help stimulate uniform growth over time. Remember you will not get the fast green you get from lesser quality fertilizers but the end result is better.

Early on in fall use a regular fertilizer with N-P-K ratios of 3:1:2 or 4:1:2. For example, a bag may list 21-7-14 or 32-8-16. Amounts don’t need to be exact but should be similar to the suggested ratios. Remember you don’t want to apply winter fertilizer until late October or beginning of November.

Here is a math break down in order to help you determine how much fertilizer is needed.

Divide 1 by the first number in decimal form – that is the percent of nitrogen- located on the fertilizer bag.

Then take that and multiply by your yards square footage. Then divide that total by 1,000. There you have just figured out the total pounds of fertilizer you will need to apply.

In the fall, weeds start pulling extra nutrients and starches in order to prepare for the long winter ahead. That makes this season prime time to control perennial broadleaf weeds such as clover and dandelions. By spraying herbicides on the roots they are more likely to suck the substance faster thereby more likely to effectively killing the weed.

Grass Seed Planting

Establishing a new lawn or trying to revive a poor lawn, mid-August to September is prime grass seed time. During the month of September grass grows more rapidly than in the hotter months.

The key to a long-term high-quality lawn is soil preparation. The ground should be tilled about six inches deep. Make sure to use organic substances such as peat or compost during this step. This is also a good time to test soil. If your test comes back to show a pH problem, sulfur or lime should be used while tilling. Always after tilling use a smooth rake and apply your starter fertilizer.

After a good, till and a layer of fertilizer use a top grade grass seed. It will germinate better and be more resistant to common diseases that most lawns get. Remember once seeded, lawns must have moisture so keep it good and watered for seedling growth.

Remember if at any time Lenard’s Lawn Care is there for you and your yard. It is a full four season job to keep a yard healthy and green.

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