Fall is almost here, which means that fall lawn care should be at the front of your mind as a homeowner. Four Seasons Landscape Management wants to prepare you with all of your fall lawn care needs this upcoming season. From fall seeing to a full lawn renovation, our team of landscape professionals wants to equip with you all of the services you need to stand out amongst your neighbors. Along with the seasons transitioning, your lawn care needs to transition as well. This requires clearing out leftover summer buildup and prepping for autumn. Today we want to share the three aspects of fall lawn care that you should focus on in the coming months.
Liquid Aeration is an organic liquid product laid down on the lawn to reduce thatch and allow water to penetrate more easily.
Why Your Lawn May Need Aeration:
- Excessive Thatch Build-up.
- Water has pooled up in areas around your lawn.
- The water retention is low around your lawn.
- There are worn down patches around your lawn, such as heavy foot traffic in your yard.
Liquid Aeration is as effective or more than traditional physical aeration like core aeration. Liquid aeration is an excellent tool because it can loosen the soil deeper than core aeration can. It also has longer lasting effects and builds its effects over time to protect your lawn for longer.
Fall Seeding imitate natural reseeding, so it produces results and growth as organic growth would for your lawn. Also referred to as “Dormant Seeding,” Fall Seeding is used to replenish balding or sparse areas of a lawn or to completely lay out seeds to grow a barren lawn.
When planting grass seed in the fall, time the seeding to allow the grass seed to fully sprout before winter temperatures arrive in your area. It’s also important to take into account any weed control you may have applied during the spring or summer and allow an adequate period of time before seeding for fall.
For the best seeding options, follow these steps for before, during, and after seeding:
- Find the best seed. We recommend always purchasing and using seed that is approved by the National Turf Evaluation Program (NTEP).
- Prep The Soil. To prepare the soil for seeding, do the following:
- Loosen the top 2 to 3 inches of soil.
- Get rid of any debris (sticks, stones, etc) from the planting area.
- Break up any clumps in the soil.
- Steer clear of soil that is too fine or crumbles too easily.
- Level out areas where excess water might pool or collect.
- Plant and Cover the Seeds. Evenly spread the seed out either by hand or using an automated machine. A good rule-of-thumb is to plant approximately 15-16 seed per square inch. Do not over-seed in a small area because there will not be enough nutrients to provide all of the seeds in that area to germinate and grow.
- Water and Tend To The Seeds. After you have seeded your lawn or areas of your lawn, make sure you care for your seeds as you would any other plant. Water your seeds at least once a day and continue watering after the new grass has grown at least 2 inches high.
Often times when you purchase or inherit someone else’s property, you also have to make improvements to their land. This is where lawn renovations can come into play. Lawn renovation is replanting or seeding the entire lawn. If more than 1/4 of your lawn is dead or needs updating, you should renovate your lawn as opposed to repairing the lawn. Lawn renovations can be used when: your grass is dead or disease ridden, your grass is not responsive to fertilizer, your lawn is experiencing soil problems, or your lawn has excessive thatch buildup.
In the fall we prepare your landscape for winter, by cutting back perennials, trimming shrubs, and pruning small trees where appropriate as well as clean out all the leaves and debris from your mulch beds. Speaking of leaves- they can be a pesky problem in the fall. Not all leaves in your yard should be removed just as not all leaves should be mulched. We have the ability to remove leaves from areas where they are excessively heavy and at the same time we have the ability to mulch leaves when appropriate allowing the nutrient-rich leaf compost to filter down to your turf roots so that your grass will reap all the benefits.
If you are looking to renovate your lawn or prep your lawn for the upcoming fall season, lets Four Seasons take care of you. Schedule a free consultation now to see how we can enhance your current lawn today.