With fall officially here it means one thing: winter is right around the corner. This time of year is incredibly important for your lawn. A good fall lawn care regimen can mean the difference between an easy green-up next spring and playing catch up with your lawn care. Here are a few fall lawn care tips to ensure you’re ending the year right with your lawn.
Core aeration is one of the best fall lawn care services that you can give your lawn. Not only is aeration incredibly good for your lawn, fall is the best time to do it. After a summer of heavy use, high temperatures, and little water, your lawn is looking for a little rejuvenation. That’s where fall aeration comes in.
Lawn aeration is a lawn care service that involves the use of a core aerator to remove plugs (or cores) of compacted soil from your lawn. This helps your grass roots spread out, giving them easier access to valuable resources like nutrients, air, and water. By aerating your lawn, you’re strengthening your grass and the root system of your lawn. Your lawn will show its appreciation by quickly bouncing back next spring.
Providing your lawn with the nutrients it needs, when it needs it, is important to the overall health of your turf. We all know about spring and summer fertilization, but fall fertilization is equally important. Making sure your lawn has what it needs to bolster its health and prepare it for the winter to come is at the core of fall fertilization.
Here at Harvest Lawn Care, our lawn care program includes special fall fertilization to ensure your lawn is ready for winter. Our fall fertilization includes iron, high nitrogen, and potassium to strengthen the root system and provide constant greening into the fall.
Here in New Jersey, the majority of our lawns are made up of cool-season grasses. This means that growth amps up in the fall and continues until the first hard freeze of the year. To ensure your lawn stays healthy, it’s important to continue mowing your lawn into fall. To maximize the health of your lawn, make sure you keep your lawn at a consistent height. Mowing your lawn into the fall comes with an added benefit, leaf litter control. When the leaves on your lawn get dry and crispy, mow them into a fine mulch to add beneficial nutrients back into your turf.
Raking, everyone’s most hated fall lawn care chore. While we may not like raking, it’s incredibly important for the health of your grass to keep the leaves from building up on your lawn. So, whether you choose leaf blowing, bagging, mulching, or raking, leaf removal is beneficial to your lawn. From overwintering pests to lawn fungus, leaves cause a host of problems for your lawn when left to pile up.
Cleaning up leaf litter on your lawn is a fall lawn care chore that can’t be skipped and, depending on which leaf removal method you choose, it can provide your lawn with lots of benefits. For example, mulching is an easy leaf control method that adds beneficial nutrients right back into your lawn. Mulched leaves break down over time, adding beneficial nutrients back into your lawn and strengthening your grass before the winter.
Cleaning out the gutters is a fall lawn care task that often gets skipped. We’re here to tell you not to skip it! Standing water that gets backed up in the gutters serves as the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Not only will these mosquitoes hatch and wreak havoc on your lawn now, these mosquitoes will lay their eggs to overwinter until hatching next spring. If you clean out your gutters this fall, you can avoid an early mosquito infestation next spring and get a head start on spring mosquito control.
With fall weather driving the outside temperatures down, outdoor critters are starting to look for their winter homes. Unfortunately, your warm and cozy house is perfect for them. If you don’t take the necessary precautions and safeguard your home, you could be looking at a pest infestation come winter.
One of the tell-tale signs that a pest infestation is just around the corner is the mass congregation of bugs around your windows, doors, and foundation. Some of the common pests that you may see include:
To keep these fall pests from invading your home you’ll need to do a full inspection of the exterior of your home. Check around your house for possible entry points like cracks in the foundation, holes in screens, and gaps around doors and windows. Seal up any cracks and gaps, and patch or replace any damaged screens. By fixing these vulnerabilities, you’re helping to ensure your home stays pest-free all winter.
One more way to keep pests away is by investing in perimeter pest control from Harvest Lawn Care. Our perimeter spray will keep ants, roaches, spiders, and more from gaining entry to your home this fall.
Fall lawn care is essential to creating a foundation of healthy grass so your lawn can be ready for the winter ahead. Giving your lawn the best chance at success is as easy as contacting us here at Harvest Lawn Care about our lawn care, tree care, and pest control options.