The end of the summer does not mean the end of caring for your lawn. Fall is an important transition period not just for us, but for our lawns as well! After a season of stress and heavy usage, your lawn may start showing signs of wear and tear. From mid-August to the end of October in Montgomery County and the DC Metro area, grass seeds germinate readily in warm soils and established grasses produce stronger root systems for the following year. That’s why it’s the perfect time to fertilize, seed, and aerate your lawn.
Fall Lawn Care
To help your lawn recover from summer stress and prepare for the year to come, it’s important to aerate, seed, and fertilize in the fall. Fall is when fertilizer is most imperative for your lawn. This is when grass roots expand and your grass gains strength for the next year. Fall is also a great time of year for reseeding your lawn. Soil temperatures are warm and seeds germinate readily when watered, allowing for quicker establishment of new lawns, and filling in of thin, bare areas in already established lawns.
Remember to remove leaves regularly (every 2 to 3 days) to prevent your lawn from being smothered. Be gentle when removing leaves from newly seeded lawns so as not to pull out or harm the newly germinated grass.
Be sure to water your lawn regularly if dry weather persists, especially if you have fertilized, aerated and reseeded. At least ½” of water per week will help your lawn and trees successfully make it through the fall and winter.
Contact a professional
Give your lawn the attention it needs now, and your lawn will reward you next spring! There are many fall lawn care tasks that should be completed before the cold temperatures arrive, and Complete Lawn Care professionals can help you achieve them. Contact us today for a free analysis and estimate for your lawn! The time is now.