Fall lawn maintenance and cleanup may seem like a real chore when days are shorter and the chill of winter is looming, but the seasons pass quickly and spring will be here before you know it. Taking care of lawn cleanup now ensures that you’ll be ready for the coming growing season.
Fertilize your Lawn
Fertilizing turfgrass in fall is absolutely critical for a healthy lawn that greens up early and maintains its appearance throughout next spring and summer. In fact, if you apply fertilizer once per year, fall is the best time to strengthen the roots and provide the nutrients the lawn needs after a long, hot summer. In most climates, the final fertilization should take place two to three weeks before the ground freezes. Look for a high-nitrogen fertilizer for fall feeding.
Leaves, Leaves and more Leaves
Some people enjoy raking leaves into tidy piles that can be mulched or composted. However, for many people, raking leaves is a back-breaking chore that gets put off until the very last minute. Don’t be tempted to skip this task, as a layer of leaves can cause grass to wither and a thick layer can even smother a healthy lawn. A cordless blower like Greenworks G-Max 40V 185 MPH DigiPro Blower/Vac is powerful enough to handle heavy projects with no hazardous fumes and no need to hassle with pull cords. Greenworks is proud of its cordless leaf blower/vacuums, which are amazingly quiet, lightweight and easy to use.
Continue to mow your lawn until the first frost of the season. Set your mower a little higher for the last few mowings, then go ahead and lower the blades to the lowest settings when it’s time for that last mowing of the season. Although cutting grass on a higher setting is usually a healthy practice, longer blades can trap moisture that breeds fungal diseases during chilly weather. Greenworks offers several corded lawn mowers, all of which are easy to use, efficient, and quieter than standard gas mowers. Most have mulching capabilities, which power through that pile of leaves in a hurry.
Aerating is Important
Fall is the best time to aerate your lawn, which enables water, air and nutrients to reach the roots. If your lawn isn’t badly compacted or the area isn’t overly large, you can poke holes with a garden fork. Otherwise, you may need to rent an aerator. Be sure to dethatch before aerating if thatch buildup is more than ½-inch thick. You may be able to use a sturdy rake or a dethatching rake, but Greenworks corded dethatcher gets the job done much quicker; stainless steel tines stay sharp longer, and the ergonomic design means less strain on the hands and arms.