All summer long your lawn has baked in the sun, endured periods of drought and now faces the chilling days of Fall. What can you do to prepare your lawn for the Fall/Winter season and be strong and ready to grow in the Spring?
In the Fall, you should drop your mower and cut 1 to 2 inches shorter than you have all summer. Continue to mow it shorter until it stops growing and make your last cut the shortest of all. During this period, it is the time to feed and seed your lawn to prepare it for strong growth in the early Spring. There are a number of feeding products on the market in the turf builder category but there’s nothing like “organic” feed to supplement this by mulching your leaves. Cutting up fallen leaves into penny or nickel sized pieces and spreading it over your lawn provides a base of natural feed. Even if you don’t mulch your leaves, you should not leave them on the grass because they block important nutrients from the sun your grass needs this time of year.
Two feedings of a turf builder product in addition to mulch should occur eight weeks apart. Ensure adequate watering even during this Fall season to ensure the needed nutrients and seeds are absorbed and properly fed the water it needs. The mulch in between is a good second source of nutrients and makes me feel like I’ve done something more natural for my lawn. And clearing the leaves keeps the squirrels from burying more nuts and food for winter, which usually tears up my lawn.
Fall is also a great time to clean all tools to remove any dirt and chemicals that may erode their surfaces. And seems to make Spring landscaping easier when you start with a clean set of tools. Lawn mowing maintenance is a must at this time since it’s probably provided 8 to 10 cuttings and the blades will be worn. If you do not care to service your lawn mower, take it to a professional who can provide the care and maintenance needed for long lasting use.
It’s not only a great time to check gutters but can provide needed leaves for mulch to ensure adequate coverage. Gutters should be checked every few weeks in the Fall because blockage can cause severe damage. Fallen leaves easily collect in piles and rain water pushes them together. Blockage occurs easily during this time of year and it’s important to check gutters and downspouts during a rainstorm to see if any leaks are present. It’s the only time you’ll have running water running through so you can detect leaks.
Leaks can cause severe damage after gallons and gallons of water fall on windows, doorways or panels. We all know water finds its way to the tiniest leaks or cracks. Often not visible until interior damage occurs, the pressure of the water over a period of time can cause mold and mildew damage as well as produce severe cracks in ceilings and walls.
Check often to ensure your gutters are clear. There are a number of gutter guards on the market that can reduce the amount of leaves and debris falling into your gutters. Often, your gutter cleaning service often provides gutter repair, replacement and new gutter systems so you ask what they offer.
Fall is an important time to provide needed care to your gutters so that you have a vibrant, green lawn in the spring.