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cleaning green lawn from fallen leaves by rake

 

Although spring lawn care gets all the attention, fall lawn care is the make-it or break-it season for grass.

The grass you grow this fall is what will be there next spring.

Fall lawn care is no walk in the park. It’s hard work.  Listed below are 4 basic steps to guide you through.

#1 Aerate

Aeration gives your lawn a breather in autumn and provides room for new grass to spread without competition from spring weeds. Aeration tools pull up plugs of grass and soil, breaking up compacted turf. That allows water, oxygen, and nutrients to reach roots, and gives seeds room to sprout.

 

#2 Seed

Fall, when the soil temperature is about 55 degrees, is the best time to seed your lawn because turf roots grow vigorously in fall and winter. If you want a lush lawn, don’t be cheap on the seed.

Water your new seed every day for 10 to 20 days until it germinates.

Seed Spreader

 

#3 Fertilize

A late fall fertilization — before the first frost — helps your grass survive a harsh winter and encourages it to grow green and lush in spring.   Make your last fertilization of the year count by choosing a product high in nitrogen-rich fertilizers, which promote shoot and root growth.  I suggest Rooster’s Organic Original Compost

Roosters Organic Lawn and Garden Fertilizer Spreader Daily Rental

 

#4 Mulch

Instead of raking leaves, run over them a couple of times with your mower to grind them into mulch. The shredded leaves protect grass from winter wind and desiccation. An added bonus — shredded leaves decompose into yummy organic matter to feed grass roots.