As autumn approaches, the grass understands it’s a transition season to prepare for winter, so it starts to thin out and show brown patches across the yard. You must help the grass transition to winter using five lawn care maintenance tips. Besides reducing foot traffic on the grass during autumn, apply these hacks to your lawn.
Cut Grass Low
Continue to mow the lawn in autumn. Grass that’s too tall gives field mice a place to hide. Grass cut too low cannot catch falling leaves and attract disease. An acceptable height is 2 inches tall. The height offers opportunity for sun to reach the crown and root. Follow this technique: trim a third of the grass (or less) off at a time. For the last two mowing routines, move mower blades to the lowest setting to cut grass down to 2 inches tall or lower.
Tackle Fallen Leaves
You must rake leaves as they fall off the tree. Raking leaves after all leaves fell off the tree causes wet and muddy soil, dry and dead spots, and sunlight and airflow blockage. Decide on placing leaves in the trash bag for city pickup or turning fallen leaves into mulch. For mulch, mix ground leaves with grass clippings for good compost. The compost contains much-needed nutrients for healthy soil and roots.
Remove Branches and Weeds
Pick limbs and branches up off the lawn and place it into trash bags. This helps the grass grow evenly when spring returns. Meanwhile, any weeds that sprout up in the yard require removal too. Failure to remove it now as a preventative measure means an unhealthy garden in the spring. Pull it at the root or use herbicide.
Aerate the Lawn
The aeration process is about opening the high-traffic compressed soil up to allow water and air to enter the roots. The process gives lawns the nutrition it needs to survive the winter months and come back strong in the spring. Aeration exposes soil gaps for filling and allows grass to heal too. Compressed grass is damaging to its health during winter and spring.
The pruning process stimulates growth, creating healthy branches. Conversely, autumn is about winding down and preparing for cooler days. Let current branches know to wind down by pruning it less. Give trees, hedges, and shrubs one or two thorough cuts. Too much pruning is counterproductive during autumn because growth damages the tree, hedge, or shrub during winter and the following spring.
Successful transitions equal one less chore for you to do. Most won’t have to worry about lawn care maintenance in the winter, and those who do will mow the lawn less often. These hacks above will assist you.