Lawn Care in the Fall

Submitted on September 28, 2018

 

The fall season is one, if not the most, important season when it comes to lawn care. In many parts of Canada, the extreme heat of the summer took its toll on home lawns, particularly in areas with watering restrictions. Foot traffic from other summer activities such as BBQ’s and other social functions can also set the lawn back somewhat.

As the cooler weather sets in, conditions become ideal for lawn replenishment services, such as over seeding and aerating, as opposed to the early spring when soil temperatures are slowly warming up and are very often too cool for maximum seed germination. The early fall typically has ideal soil temperatures, which is important, especially for lawns that have suffered from lawn diseases, insects and/or drought.

It’s also important to remember that competition from weeds is much lower in the fall than the spring, which will allow your lawn to get the most out of lawn replenishment services that are done this season. Occasionally lawns can develop disease symptoms because of the changing weather conditions, for example less sunlight and cooler temperatures. If your lawn develops any strange discolouration this fall please feel free to contact your local Weed Man for a healthy lawn analysis to ensure your turf plants are healthy moving into the winter months.

Hopefully you decreased or even suspended your mowing during extreme summer heat when the growth of your lawn significantly decreased or even stopped. However, now that your lawn is in the ideal growing conditions of the fall season your grass will begin to grow rapidly again, like it did in the spring, which means your mowing frequency will increase again. Keep in mind the ⅓ rule, which is “mow your grass often enough to remove only the top ⅓ of the grass blade”. Early fall is also a great time to sharpen your mower blade! Sharpening your blade will ensure that your grass blades are cut cleanly rather than tearing, ripping and fraying due to a dull blade. Too many people just sharpen their mower blades once in the spring and this is not enough. Your mower blade typically dulls by late summer, and cutting your lawn with a dull blade will not only give the lawn an unhealthy appearance, but can also exacerbate any disease issues that may be plaguing your lawn. Watering requirements should decrease during the fall because this season will brings more rainfall into the mix. If you have an automatic watering system, without rain sensors, please adjust it according to your local weather conditions to avoid overwatering and wasted resources. 

Finally, a sound fertility regime for your lawn is the most important aspect of any lawn care program, especially in the fall. As such, Weed Man’s fertilization services form the foundation of all of our lawn care programs. Fertilize your lawn this fall so that it can build up sufficient reserves in its root system and prepare itself for the cold winter months ahead. For those of you on full program with Weed Man, rest assured your lawn’s fertility requirements are covered. If you require fertilization services or advice contact your local Weed Man today.

Take care of your lawn this fall so it can emerge green and healthy next spring!!

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