Lawn Tips For Fall

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Fall is here and our lawn work is never done.  Fall means more than just raking leaves.  With shorter day and colder weather, it if not time to put the lawnmower away in the shed. Before the lawn goes to sleep for the winter here are six fall tips to ensure a green landscape in the spring.  They will help get the lawn through the winter and start spring green.

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Lower The mower

As the days grow cooler, it is safe to change the setting on the mower from 3 inch (or higher) to 2.5 inches.  It is true that we mow with a high blade so the grass will produce more nutrients in the spring and summer it is not as important in the winter when the grass is dormant.

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Seed The Thin Spots

Seeding the thin areas of grass in the fall will allow the new root a chance to develop.  In the Spring the soil heats up fast and can dry out the new roots slowing the development.  To ensure contact of the seeds to the soil be sure and dethatch the area well with a rake before you scatter the seeds. Consider covering the reseeded area with a light layer of compost or new soil giving the seed a greater chance of germination.  Water the area daily to keep it moist to help the germination of the seeds.

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Fertilize For The Winter

When we fertilize in the fall and winter it is not to stimulate growth above the soil, but to stimulate growth below the soil.  Just because the lawn has stopped growing during the cold weather does not mean that it does not need a feeding.  By feeding in the winter it helps the grass develop a strong root system that will help it green us quicker and stronger in the spring.  A strong root system will help make it easier for the lawn to resist pests and weeds.  A good fall fertilizer should have plenty of potassium, phosphorus and calcium in it and less nitrogen.

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