All of our local high school football teams will be back in action this coming Friday. That’s what is on the minds of most of the people of Beaver County this week.
You know what isn’t on most people’s minds? Lawn care.
Even those of us who really do care about how our lawns look tend to give up when the grass starts to burn out in August every summer. By the time football season is ready to kick off, we’ve already thrown in the towel for the year.
However, if you want to have a better lawn next year, our lawn care expert Mark Klemen says that right now is the best time to get to work on making that happen.
Your Grass is Still Growing
Mark started off our latest talk by pointing out to me that weather conditions on a cool autumn evening are very similar to cool spring evenings, which is exactly the type of weather that our grass loves.
That makes a lot of sense and also explains why my grass that hasn’t burned out seems to grow like crazy every fall.
It’s also worth noting that after all the rain we had in June this year, there aren’t as many brown yards as usual. So you can expect your grass to keep growing green right through until it starts snowing!
Fertilizing Your Lawn
I have a bad habit of starting out every year gung ho about spreading all four steps of Scott’s Turf Builder. Then, sometime after step 2, I will get distracted by life and completely forget about steps 3 and 4.
According to Mark, fertilizing your lawn in the fall is one of the most important things that you can do to ensure that your grass comes back strong next spring. So I’m totally dropping the ball by blowing off the last step!
Lawns absorb a lot of lost energy and nitrogen during the fall, and those fall fertilizers are designed to provide the nutrients your grass needs to strengthen its roots so that it can come back stronger in the spring.
This year, I’m going to make a point to squeeze that in….probably during halftime of a Steelers game.
Planting Grass for Next Year
Mark says that fall is the best time to plant any new grass you want to come back next spring.
Whether you are planting and entire yard or patching existing spots, getting those seeds started now will make sure that they come back strong next spring.
Aerating Your Lawn
Fall is also a great time to aerate your lawn. This involves having a machine poke a bunch of small holes in the ground, which allows for water to take nutrients and oxygen straight to the roots of your grass.
Aeration is especially helpful for newly constructed homes, lawns that get heavy traffic, and lawns that were established by sod. This is something you definitely want to get an expert opinion on.
Whether you are striving to have the best looking lawn in the neighborhood or just trying to avoid being the eyesore that everyone else is talking about, Klemen Lawn Care can help you put together a maintenance plan to achieve your lawn care goals.
Take care of your lawn this fall, you’ll be thankful you did come springtime!