Back by popular demand – our late fall lawn care checklist. A few last minute items that will set your yard apart from the neighbors come next spring when everyone will want the greenest prettiest lawn first. So invest a little now for a greener spring or, if you’re a GrowinGreen customer – just sit back while your Field Manager takes care of it for you.
Here are the keys to a beautiful lawn in the spring:
Late fall fertilization – The green color in the spring comes from fertilizing in the late fall and winter which is stored as carbohydrates. By fertilizing the lawn heavy this time of year with a biologically enhanced fertilizer, it reduces the amount of fertilizer needed next spring and helps the lawn green-up faster. It also gives the young seedlings the last boost they need to harden off for the winter.
If we performed your fall seeding, we are reseeding any bare and thin areas now. There is still time this fall to get some roots down by the winter and have a big jump on the spring. Seeding in the spring never works! So, don’t wait because you will definitely regret it.
Keep your newly seeded lawn from drying out. We’ve been fairly dry this fall – that is except for the last week. As cooler temperatures arrive, it’s important to keep some moisture in your lawn to protect the roots from becoming dry and brittle. Even though there’s a nip in the air, there are still roots growing deep down. It does not require daily watering. If the lawn gets two good deep waterings per week, it will be fine!
By now, I suspect that everyone has mowed their newly seeded lawn at least once. It’s important that you have a sharp mowing blade and do not remove more than a third of the blade at a time. It’s vital to keep leaves and debris off the lawn by using a blower instead of a rake. A blower is more gentle and will not disturb the tender, new plants like a rake will. Remember, the more sunlight – the better!
We know it’s tempting at this time of year to put off the lawn in favor of football games, school activities, and other fall events. But performing these tasks now really will make for a more beautiful and enjoyable spring.
If you have any questions – feel free to call us at 336-854-7999.
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