The Best Time to Care for Your Lawn

fall-lawnThe end of summer does not mean the end of your lawn’s need for extra nurturing. In fact, fall is a good time to provide your lawn with much needed fertilizer supplement and weed control solutions. The leaves on your trees and shrubs may start turning brown, but this doesn’t mean you let the course of nature take over passively.

Giving sufficient amounts of lawn fertilizer during the fall increases the chances of having your grass in full bloom, come the following spring and summer. It’s a good idea to feed your lawn a fertilizer in both early spring and before the first cold snap in fall. Fertilizers are high in nitrogen and potassium, both of which are important for the recovery and nourishment of grass after the scorching summer heat. You may want to use a slow-release fertilizer to avoid nitrogen seepage, which can occur following significant rainfall. Horticultural studies are now allotting much of their energy in formulating fertilizers that are less hazardous to the environment.

Cooler temperatures should not fool you in terms of the watering needs of trees, shrubs, and your lawn. Water and fertilizers should always work together. Proper mixing of these two helps in the propagation of roots in plants. In fact, root growth is quite active during the fall, even if you don’t see a lot of activity up top. Water also helps control the concentration of weed killers you may have applied to your lawn.

Fall is also the season for weed growth, specifically, broad leaf, dandelion, and clover. These weeds are in the process of building up nutrients and starches during autumn in preparation for the coming colder months. This also means that they are at the peak of absorbing nutrients from the ground, making them are more susceptible to weed killers at this time.

Depending on what area of the country in which you live, autumn can also bring a particular group of pests that can wreak havoc on your landscape. Florida and other southern states experience attacks of chinch bugs, grubs, mole crickets, and other things. An over-population of these insects can destroy your whole grass area in a day.

However, many insects are beneficial to your plants and lawn. Ants and the occasional earthworm should not immediately send you running to grab your pesticide sprayer. Lawn care service companies should best handle infestations because misuse of insecticides and pesticides can ruin everything it touches, including the grass. Both residential and commercial services are provided by most lawn care companies. Pests are not only hazardous to your lawn, but possibly to you and your family. You can first check with your state or county Cooperative Extension Services so you have an idea of what to expect (or ask for) from the lawn care company.

And, of course, whenever insecticides or pesticides are being used, be mindful of both pets and children who might come into contact with these things on your grass, the moment your back is turned!

Just keep in mind that even though to all outward appearances, your lawn goes dormant in the winter months, much is happening below the earth’s surface that will affect the appearance of your yard, come springtime.

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