Many people don’t pay much attention to their lawn during the autumn months. They think that because the grass grows slower during this time of the year, the fact is that the cooler temps and the occasional rainfall make it the ideal time to prepare your lawn for the spring season. If you give your lawn the attention it needs now, you will end up with a healthy lawn in the spring. Here are some lawn care tips for autumn.
Lawn Care Tips for Autumn
It is important to keep an eye on your irrigation when you are caring for your lawn in the fall. In the summer, when the weather is hot, your lawn needs to be watered often but in the fall, it doesn’t need as much water. While you don’t want to stop the watering process altogether in the fall, you don’t need to water it nearly as much as in the summer.
Just because the fall weather has arrived, doesn’t mean you can now stop mowing the grass. As long as your grass grows, you will need to continue to mow it.
Part of lawn care in the fall is mulching leaves. Some yards that have lots of trees will end up with a lawn full of leaves whereas yards that have little to no trees will end up with little to no leaves. In the fall, utilize a mulching lawn mower for the leaves. These mowers are designed to shred the leaves into tiny pieces. Once your mulch these leaves, you don’t have to do anything with them. You can leave them right on the lawn since they will nourish and protect the lawn in the winter months.
Whether or not you need to fertilize your lawn or not will depend on the type of grass you have. If you have warm-season grass such as Bermuda or centipede, you don’t have to fertilize the lawn until spring. If you have cool-season grass such as tall fescue or Kentucky bluegrass, you will need to fertilize in the fall. For fertilizing, choose a granular fertilizer that is slow-release.