Fall Lawn Care Tips

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Master gardener William Moss discusses his top tips for caring for your lawn in the fall, including de-thatching, fertilizing, and adjusting your mower height.

    William Moss: There is a nip in the air, but don't put them all the way yet, we still have things to do to keep the yard looking good the rest of the season and prepare it for next year, let's discuss some fall lawn care tips.

    The main three tasks of fall are de-thatching, fertilizing, and of course mowing. Thatch is the layer of dead grass stems that sits on top of the soil surface. By de-thatching we pull all the stuff away and that allows for air to get down to the roots which encourages more growth of our grass systems.

    Cool season grasses continue to grow throughout fall, you want to fertilize now so that the roots have enough nutrients to continue to grow throughout fall and prepare for winter time.

    Using an organic fertilizer both feeds the plants and builds the healthy soil environment. Organic fertilizer also limits the amount of run-off so you keep nutrients in your yard and that brings us to mowing.

    Remember to read the instruction manual thoroughly for all power equipment before use and for all warnings and safety instruction. You want to continue to mow frequently throughout the fall, but you can lower the height back down to 2 inches now for a neat well manicured turf.

    A few simple steps can keep your lawn healthy and ready for winter. Go out and grow.