As fall approaches it is time to start thinking about preparing your lawn for the dormant winter season. Most people consider spring and summer to be the time for landscaping, for good reason – fall is typically seen as the time of year when plants and grasses are dying or going dormant. However, fall is the best time for planting and reseeding a lawn. Once the harsh heat of the summer has passed most of the weeds have died. This provides a safe environment for germination and an optimal environment for new grass to develop a strong root system.
This time of year there are fallen leaves everywhere. Although you may have to do it several times, make sure to keep dead leaves off of your lawn and out of your landscape beds. Excess leaves can smother your lawn and eventually kill the grass.
Fall is also a great time to get your plants in the ground. Planting bulbs in the fall will allow them to spend nine months or so in the ground before they are exposed to the summer heat. This will give them ample time to adjust to their environment. Mulching in the fall will also help to keep pesky weeds away and help the soil retain moisture and heat. This is especially important for plants such as rhododendrons and roses.
Aerification and the removal of the thatch layer is incredibly important to you lawn’s health. These services combined with over-seeding, starter fertilization, and regular leaf removal will give your lawn the boost it needs to look its best when spring comes back around.