When we start to feel a nice breeze, less humidity, and cooler weather, we know that fall has hit Florida! With summer quickly ending, some might assume your lawn maintenance does too. But not quite! Fall is the perfect time to do last-minute lawn prep before winter hits to guarantee its lush green come springtime! Check out our tips on maintaining your lawn this fall.
Continue to Mow
Grass continues to grow until the first frost of the year, meaning you can continue to mow your grass! Look to cut your grass at a height of 1-½ to 3 inches. Leaving it any longer can cause it to mat up, developing fungus and mold. Cutting grass shorter than it needs to be will damage the root system, making it intolerable to the winter cold and dryness.
Aerate the Soil
You should aerate regularly as it prevents the soil from becoming compacted and covered in thatch, or a thick layer of roots, stems, and debris. When your lawn develops thatch, it can block water, oxygen, and nutrients from reaching the soil. We recommend aerating your soil right before you start to fertilize so it goes straight to the plant roots where it’s needed the most.
Rake Leaves & Debris
Did you know it’s actually a myth to keep the leaves over your lawn doesn’t insulate it over the winter? Leaves and debris can block the light from getting to your grass and will trap moisture underneath. This can lead to disease and fungus and kill your grass. Look to blow or rake the leaves as often as you can. You can also mow and reuse them as clippings for mulch for your yard!
One of the best times to fertilize is in the fall, as this is when grass roots and rhizomes grow the quickest. Fertilizing provides nutrients for the roots to grow deeper and retain nutrients for the spring. It also replaces nutrients lost during the hot, humid summer months. When fertilizing, keep at least a 5-foot buffer between your fertilizer and any water sources.
Clean Out Flower Beds
Cleaning out your flower beds helps keep destructive pests away and prevent the spread of disease and fungus onto your turf. Look to clean out the remains of any old annuals, dried stems, and other debris that is not necessary to have. Cut perennial stems to within an inch or two off the ground.
Call a Pro
Lawn care maintenance can feel overwhelming at times. If you’re looking for extra help, call McCall! We can provide you with a green lawn care analysis and a comprehensive treatment plan, customized to fit your lawn care needs!