In Northeast Ohio, maintaining a good fall lawn care schedule is key to ensuring your grass survives the winter and is healthy when spring arrives. Here are a few fall lawn care tips to keep your lawn in top condition throughout the season:
1. Rake or Mulch Your Leaves
While pretty to look at and fun to jump in, a blanket of leaves over grass is not good for your lawn. Fallen leaves block sunlight and prevent vital nutrients from getting to the grass underneath. Leaves also trap moisture, which leads to lawn fungus. Raking not only removes leaves but also breaks up thatch, allowing more vital nutrients to get to the soil. If you decide to ditch the rake, mulching your leaves into dime-sized pieces is a great alternative. As the leaves decompose, they enhance your soil.
2. Continue to Mow Your Lawn
As the seasons change, it might be tempting to stop mowing your lawn. However, grass grows until the first frost and keeping your grass long before winter puts it at risk for snow mold. 3 inches is the ideal height for grass. At this height, your lawn’s roots will reach the right depth to stay healthy through the winter.
3. Aerate Your Lawn
Because we have cool season grasses in Northeast Ohio, the best time to aerate your lawn is early spring or early fall. Compacted soil from frequent activity and thatch, or the appearance of brown and gray buildup from dead roots, stems, and grass, leaves less room for water to flow to your lawn’s roots. Aeration breaks up soil compaction and thatch by removing small plugs or “cores” from the soil, allowing essential nutrients like air, water, and fertilizer to penetrate the root system, which creates a stronger, healthier lawn.
4. Overseed Your Lawn
If you are struggling with thinning grass, the perfect time to overseed your lawn, or add seed to existing grass, is right after core aeration. This ensures the new grass seeds make good contact with the nutrient rich soil, allowing for optimal growing conditions. In addition to a fuller, healthier lawn, as the grass thickens, it makes it harder for weeds to grow.
5. Fertilize Your Lawn
Fertilizing your lawn in fall helps restore damage that was caused by the stress of summer heat, promotes nutrient storage for use in the winter, and supports healthy root growth, which creates a healthier lawn in spring. It also helps to break down leaves, adding additional nutrients to your soil.
LawnMatters offers professional lawn care services for every season, including fall. If you have questions about your lawn, or would like help maintaining a good fall lawn care schedule contact us here or give us a call:
East side: (440) 834-1255
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