Most of us don’t think about our lawns until spring, but fall is the most crucial time to act if you want to have a beautiful lawn for the following spring. Fertilization, seeding, weed and thatch control, establishment of new lawns, and renovation of poor-quality lawns should be done over the next few weeks. The most ideal time of the year to fertilize your lawn is early fall. Between now and late September is the best time to seed a lawn, giving the seeds time to germinate while the weather is still warm. During late August and September, grasses grow rapidly in the cool fall weather and have less competition from germinating weeds.
Are you unhappy with the way your lawn looks?
Did your lawn have bare patches this summer?
If your lawn has bare patches that need seeding or if you’re creating a new lawn, autumn is the best time to do either. The most important lawn-care tasks that should be considered each fall are soil testing, core aeration, slice seeding, and fertilization.
Test the soil
Before doing anything to your lawn, you should have your soil tested to establish the existing levels of nutrients, its pH, and other factors that affect plant growth. The results will determine the type of fertilizer or lawn treatment your grass really needs.
Fall core aeration
Core aeration provides passages for air, water, and nutrients to reach the root zone of the grass plants. It also brings soil cores to the surface, which increases microbial activity, reducing the thatch layer. Core aeration is done in the fall to all accessible turf areas.
There are many reasons one would need or want a slice seeding service: athletic fields, lawns that never recovered from the severe weather this summer, compacted soil, thin lawns, lawns attacked by insects or fungus, planting a new lawn, and the list goes on. The major benefit of slice seeding is it provides direct seed-to-soil contact. You need to have good contact with the soil for the seed to germinate. Slice seeding slices into the soil with steel blades, creating furrows where the seed is then dropped into. With our slice seeding service, we also apply a starter fertilizer of slow-release nutrients. This is something most starter fertilizers do not contain. The goal is to feed the plant longer than usual to further develop the plant and its roots.
The last application of fertilizer in the fall is the most important of the year. You’re not feeding the grass for the growth above ground now—you’re building up food reserves so the grass will go strong into the winter and green up faster in the spring. The storing of nutrients will also enable the roots of cool-season grasses, which develop in the spring, to get off to a good start.