Summer is finally over, the weather is getting cooler, and leaves are starting to fall. Even though winter is right around the corner, that doesn’t mean your seasonal lawn care is over just yet. Your lawn will continue to grow until it goes dormant for the winter season. That is why we compiled these lawn care tips for the fall, that way your lawn will stay healthy and look great year round. We will go over two aspects of lawn care – mowing and watering.
Watering Your Lawn During The Fall
It may seem counterintuitive to water your lawn during the fall, when rainfall is typically more plentiful. However, there are several reasons why you should continue to water your lawn throughout the autumn months. The roots of your grass will continue to grow during the fall, and a deep watering will encourage them to grow deeper into the soil. This will help to ensure a healthier lawn come spring. Watering in the fall helps to prevent diseases such as brown patch, which can be difficult to control once it takes hold. Fall watering helps to ensure that your lawn enters the winter in good condition, making it more resilient to whatever weather conditions may come its way. So don’t forget to give your lawn a little extra TLC during the fall months!
In addition to mowing and watering, there are a few other lawn care procedures that should be done on a regular basis to keep your lawn looking its best. Aeration, for example, is a process whereby small holes are punched into the soil to allow air and water to reach the roots of the grass. This is especially important in areas with compacted soil, as it can help to reduce thatch buildup and improve drainage. Another procedure that should be done every few years is dethatching, which involves removing the layer of organic material that builds up between the surface of the lawn, grass blades, embedded roots and soil below. Dethatching helps to promote new growth and can also improve the lawn’s ability to absorb nutrients and water. By following these simple tips, you can keep your lawn healthy and looking great all season long.
When To Stop Watering Your Lawn
As the weather cools and the days grow shorter, your lawn will begin to enter into a state of dormancy. This is a natural process in which the grass blades stop growing and begin to turn brown. During this time, your lawn will need less water as the roots begin to slow their growth. As a general rule of thumb, you should reduce your watering schedule by half once your lawn enters into dormancy. However, you may need to adjust this depending on the temperature and rainfall in your area. If you live in a climate with cool, wet winters, you can reduce your watering even further. However, if you live in an area with hot, dry summers, you may need to water your lawn more frequently during this time. Dormancy is a natural process that helps your lawn to survive the winter months. By reducing your watering schedule, you can help your lawn to stay healthy and strong during this time.
Mowing Your Lawn During The Fall
If you have a warm-season grass, like bermudagrass or zoysia, you should continue mowing until it goes dormant in late fall. However, if you have a cool-season grass, like bluegrass, rye, or fescue, you can stop mowing when it starts to turn brown in late fall. The length of your grass will also be a determining factor. The general rule of thumb is to never cut more than one-third of the height of your grass at one time. So if your grass is six inches tall, you would only want to cut it down to four inches. One of the last factors includes the weather. Once the temperatures start dipping below 50 degrees Fahrenheit on a regular basis, it’s time to stop mowing your lawn. By following these guidelines, you can help ensure a healthy lawn all season long.
It’s understandable as to why many people think that once the weather starts to cool down in the fall, they can stop watering and mowing their lawn. However, as we have covered both of these activities are still important in order to maintain a healthy lawn year round. Since grass continues to grow throughout the fall, it needs water in order to stay green and prevent diseases. In addition to watering, mowing helps to remove dead grass and leaves, which can otherwise smother the lawn and prevent new growth. Once your grass stops growing and the leaves have fallen, then you can stop watering and mowing. However, if you want to keep your lawn looking its best, it’s important to continue these activities through the fall.