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Fall Has Arrived: Here’s How to Take Care of Your Lawn

September 22nd marks the official start of the fall season. The amount of mowing you’ll need to do will actually increase from your summer regimen as temperatures cool, and your lawn requires additional attention and care to remain healthy as the leaves change colors.

Here’s how to keep your lawn happy and vibrant during the fall months:

  • Fall is the ideal time to fertilize your lawn, especially if you live in the Northeast. Many homeowners may only fertilize grass once a year, but your lawn can withstand two layers of fertilizer in the fall. The morning dew of the fall creates the perfect conditions for your turf to absorb fertilizer, building strength before winter arrives.
  • Start with a light layer of fertilizer at the beginning of fall and another layer at the end of the season before the first frost. Fertilize your lawn in the morning or in the early evening to avoid any hot daytime temperatures.
  • Check the forecast before you start to fertilize. Avoid fertilizing before a heavy bout of rain, as the weather can create runoff full of hazardous chemicals.
  • Continue mowing your grass regularly. Set your mower to a height between 2.5 and 3 inches for optimal grass health. If you cut your grass too short in the fall the root system won’t be able to ensure the cold and dry conditions of the winter.
  • Speaking of your region’s first frost date, you’ll want to schedule when you overseed with this date in mind. Seed any new grass one month before the first frost so your grass has plenty of time to establish itself before winter.
  • Fall leaves may be brilliant and mesmerizing, but a blanket of leaves does no good for your lawn. Leaves block light from reaching your lawn and trap moisture underneath, creating a deadly environment. Rake fallen leaves a few times per week so you don’t suffocate your grass right when it’s growing the most.If you prefer not to rake you can use a mulching mower to shred the leaves down to a size that won’t impede grass growth. The leaves can decompose and provide structure to your lawn’s soil.
  • Aerate your soil at least once every two years. The ideal time, again, is right now during the fall! Aerate your lawn right before applying fertilizer so the fertilizer can reach the roots where the nutrients can work their magic.
  • Install a rain gauge to ensure that your lawn is getting one inch of rain per week. If you do not live in an area with sufficient rainfall continue to water your lawn until the end of October. Always water early in the morning or in the evening to avoid water loss from evaporation.

Lawns, just like people, need clean water in order to be healthy. Avoid watering your lawn with harmful contaminants by installing a Whole House Water Filter System that greatly reduces chlorine, chloramines, industrial solvents, pharmaceuticals, and other common contaminants. Enjoy the colors of fall, but don’t neglect your lawn!