Fall Lawn Care Tips

September and October are the ideal months in freshen up your lawn for the cold season. Experts say that after a hot summer, it’s best to wait for the first consistent rain fall for the lawn to buoy again and thus, you’ll have a much clearer picture of the landscape before going to action. Here are some tips for fall lawn care.

The first step is raking the entire surface to remove dead, dry grass and other garbage that gathered on the meadow over the summer. A thick layer of dry leaves, for example, smothers the grass and is the ideal shelter for pests over the winter. The first target which you must have in mind is to get rid of earth moss because it makes shelter in the wet grass, especially near trees, shrubs and bushes that you have around the house. The easiest way is to spread lawn fertilizer because it eliminates earth moss in the same time. The effects should be seen in about two weeks. Then rake again to remove dead moss.

Use a ripper to attenuate and aerate the lawn so the grass to grow faster, with access to oxygen and water. If you don’t have professional tools then take muckrake and stab the ground with it every ten centimeters, creating tiny ditch where oxygen and water will penetrate more easily. Spread then a soil mixture of peat, sand and celery earth over the surface which improves soil aeration and oxygenation.

If you didn’t use fertilizer yet and you chose to remove lawn moss by hands then you really need to fertilize grass layer. This is a required work required to correct soil’s way of feeding, because most of the time the soil has a lack of nutrients. For example, cutting the lawn removes nutrients: that’s why you have to replace to nutrients for a maximum growth.

Experts recommend the use of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK) fertilizers, depending on the species that forms the mixture and soil fertility on which you install the lawn. Lawn fertilization is done every two months, when the lawn is dry, using a pump spray for uniformity. Nitrogen is essential in the lawn’s growth and development, phosphorus stimulates root growth, while potassium increases its resistance to disease and climatic factors.

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