Did you know that Fall is the best time to plant or reseed a lawn? The cooler weather of autumn inhibits weed growth as well as demanding less water to plant or maintain a lawn. This means it’s EASIER! Fall is also the best time to do any maintenance such as dethatching, fertilizing, etc. A little extra work on the lawn now will ensure a prettier, healthier lawn next summer. Here’s what we recommend:
You can go two ways here. If you choose to have an organic lawn then we recommend Pennington Lawn fertilizer. This will feed your lawn for up to 4 months in the fall and winter months yet since it is organic, it will not encourage fast growth but steady, lush growth and a deep green. Applying fertilizer now before the weather gets too cold will ensure the lawn holds its deep green color all winter long.
If you don’t prefer organic fertilizer then you can fertilize with a pre-emergent fertilizer which not only feeds your lawn but will prevent any weeds (Annual Rye in the winter) from growing in the lawn. This will feed for about 6 weeks but the pre-emergent should last up to 3 months if applied at the proper rate. We recommend Master Nursery Easy Living Pre-Emergent Lawn fertilizer.
Now that the days are shorter (and getting shorter every day!) and MUCH cooler, the water needed to maintain a lawn drops significantly. So it’s time to go reset those timers! The length of each watering should stay the same but the frequency should be reduced. Even though in most cities you are allowed to water 3 times per week it doesn’t mean you NEED to. This time of year the frequency should be at least 3 days apart and could even be 5 days. We recommend running the sprinklers for the proper lenght of time and then turning them off. Watch the lawn for the next few days. As soon as it becomes grayish then it needs water. You might be surprised how long it will be! If it can not go more than 2 days without turning gray then you are not watering long enough. For further reading on proper lawn watering, click here to download WaterWise #3 Lawn Care in PDF. Of course you can always comment if you have any questions or drop by the nursery to talk to our knowledgeable staff!
This is also the time of year to drop the height of your lawn mower. Lowering the height at which you mow will allow water to evaporate faster during the cooler months when moisture tends to hang around too long. If your lawn stays too moist then you can have lawn diseases such as rust or fungus. These are treatable diseases but best prevented especially if you prefer an organic lawn!
Reseeding, Installing Sod or Planting Lawn Seed
Now is a great time overseed or reseed a lawn if it has become too thin. You can also plant a lawn from seed or sod now. For tips on Seeding or Sodding a lawn, drop by the nursery to ask us! We also can order sod from Delta Bluegrass for you and have it shipped, freshly cut, straight to your home! Ask in store for details.