You may not notice it during the day, but at night you can definitely feel the nip in the air that signals the end of summer and the approach of autumn. It’s almost time to switch from summer lawn care to fall lawn care. Just because the growing season is coming to an end doesn’t give you an excuse to slack when it comes to lawn maintenance. Take a look at these fall tips and see how you can keep your yard looking great this fall.
Nobody likes to rake but it’s an essential part of fall cleanup. Letting leaves remain on the lawn too long can deprive your grass of sunlight and also create ideal conditions for mold and fungus. Keep up on the raking so that you aren’t overwhelmed. Raking also benefits your lawn by breaking up thatch that could lead to soil compaction and a host of problems in the spring.
Leaving water in your sprinkler system over the winter can lead to catastrophic damage that could require replacement of the entire system, not to mention the damage to your lawn from replacing the system with a new one will cause. Before temperatures dip below freezing, drain all of the water out of your pipes and shut off the water. If you aren’t familiar with how to winterize your sprinkler system, then call Colonial Lawn and Garden and one of your technicians will be more than happy to help you.
In the fall grass still continues to grow, albeit at a much slower rate, but that doesn’t mean you should put away the lawnmower. Keeping your grass at a consistent level is key to keeping it strong and healthy through the season. Mowing can even help with the leaf problem by pulverizing them into tiny pieces that will settle in your grass and provide a nice mulch.
The fall is a great time to check your gutters and make sure they are clear of leaves and debris. Remember, mosquitoes need standing water to breed and a clogged gutter is a great place for mosquitoes to deposit their eggs. Clogged gutters could spell major trouble when overweight gutters full of ice ripped away from your house. Climb up there and make sure everything is flowing properly.
One of the best things you can do for your lawn is to aerate it in the fall. During the hot summer months, your lawn can take a lot of wear and tear from playing, running, and lawn mowing. Lawn aeration helps alleviate compacted soil and allows for the transfer of air, water, and nutrients back into the grass roots, encouraging deep root growth which will help your grass pull through the winter and green up earlier in the spring.
When the night time temperatures begin to fall, pests will be on the move looking for warm places to wait out the winter months. You might see these insects collecting on the sunny side of your house. If your house isn’t properly protected you could be sharing your house with pests such as:
So take the time to check your screens, vents, weather stripping, and foundations for cracks or gaps.
For the best protection from fall pests, ask about Colonial Lawn and Garden’s perimeter pest control application. Our technicians will apply a liquid barrier around the foundation of your house to keep pests from even thinking about using your home as a winter vacation home. We can also help with all your fall lawn care needs.