Fall Season Lawn Care to Prep Your Landscaping for Spring

With all the excitement of the upcoming Fall season, it's easy to get wrapped up in all that Fall brings: cooler days, football and tailgating, and less work outdoors. Right? Actually... If you’re under the impression that lawn care season is coming to an end and you don't have to worry about lawn maintenance again until spring, think again. Late-season lawn care plays an important role in overall lawn health, and it will minimize the amount of time you'll spend on maintenance come spring. Take a look at some of the things you should be doing in the fall to prep your lawn for the coming Spring.

Fertilizing in Fall

Fertilizing throughout Fall should help your lawn recover from the summer stress, improve color, root structure and density, and help it survive winter so that it comes back stronger the following spring. But fertilizer misuse can cause environmental hazards, and even destroy a lawn. Too much fertilizer in a given area will cause lawn burn and potentially kill your grass. So, if you're not comfortable with your knowledge of how nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium play a role in properly fertilizing your lawn, perhaps it's best to leave it to the professionals.

Seeding the Lawn

Late-Summer to early Fall is an optimal time to sow grass seed because of the cooler temperatures and warm soil conditions. But if you wait too long to seed, it could be too late and the grass won’t establish by the time temperatures drop. During the germination period you'll need to make sure that the soil remains moist, but not drenched, to encourage root growth and prevent it from drying out. Getting an irrigation system installed can be a huge saver of time and money. 

Weed control

You have several options for battling weeds, including pulling them out by hand and applying herbicides. There are different weed control solutions to choose from, so if you're not well-seasoned on how each type of herbicide will affect your lawn, proceed with caution. By trying to go this task on your own, you may end up killing everything, including the grass that you've worked so hard to maintain and keep healthy.

Mowing and Leaf Removal

During Fall, lawns focus more energy on root growth than blade growth. So it's important to continue to maintain your lawn regularly throughout the Fall season. Scalping a lawn puts considerable stress on the root system, making it harder for lawns to resist weeds and pests, and survive the winter chill. Leaving a lawn to be covered in leaves can have negative affects to the lawn's pH and overall health. If you don't have the time to continue mowing your lawn this fall, hire a professional landscaping maintenance company at the Lake of the Ozarks to come out and mow for you.

As you can see, these tasks are still essential for maintaining a healthy and beautiful lawn throughout the Fall season. If you’d rather spend your weekends watching football, or simply don’t feel comfortable handling herbicides and fertilizers, consider hiring a local lawn care company. At Paradise Landscaping, we're experts in landscaping design and maintenance,and we'd love to take care of your lawn maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give us a call today at 573-964-6515 to find out what we can do to help keep your lawn looking it's best this Fall!

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