Preparing Your Yard for the Fall

If you want to make sure your lawn stays healthy all year long, it’s important to prepare it for the upcoming fall. Here are a few tips for prepping your yard for the autumn months.

Continue to Mow

Many people stop mowing their lawns when they get to this time of the year, but it’s important to keep mowing as needed. You want to make sure the sunlight will be able to reach your soil and the crown of your grass. You also should continue to mow so your grass doesn’t show as much brown as the year comes to a close. Afterward, you can drop the blade on your mower to the lowest setting available for the last two mowing sessions of the fall.

Rake Those Leaves

Start early; don’t let a big pile of leaves build up and then become forced to spend a whole Saturday raking them. Falling leaves can start even at the end of summer, so get ahead of the game and begin raking your yard now.

If you really hate to rake, you can use a lawnmower with a special vacuum system that sucks up the leaves for you. This is one of the best options if you have a lot of trees around your yard.

Get to Weeding

Now is the best time of the year to attack any weeds that may be taking over your yard. Whether they are dandelions or white clovers, start getting them out of the yard now, before spring has sprung again. You can also use weed killers now to make sure they won’t come back next year, but always read the package carefully and follow the instructions to a T.

Fertilize Your Lawn

If you’re hoping to have a healthy, beautiful lawn for next summer, make sure to start fertilizing now. Those who fertilize in the fall will help their grass grow its roots deeper now and enrich the soil with nutrients so that the entirety of the lawn will come back full and lush in the spring.

If you only fertilize your lawn once a year, wait for late fall and apply a dry fertilizer all over, making sure not to miss any areas. If you really want to ensure that you prepare your lawn well for autumn—and for the coming year—this is one of the best steps you can take.

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