Did you know that you can do certain things to your lawn in the fall that will help promote strong growth patterns for that green, luscious spring and summer lawn? It’s true, even during the colder months, your lawn can thrive to give you the look you want in the warmer weather. It all starts with a simple process that will help your grassroots dig deeper. In this blog, we’ve put together a checklist that you can use to get your lawn back into prime condition!

  • Fertilization: If you’re going to do anything on this list, make sure it’s fertilization. Grass roots need large quantities of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in the soil to have a healthy, strong growth. During the summer, those nutrients can deplete enough to affect how well the grass is growing. The organic slow-release fertilizer we use will replenish those nutrients throughout the season and into the winter to make sure the root system thickens and grows deeper into the ground.
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  • Dethatching: This process should be done in early fall. When you dethatch a lawn in the summer or late fall, you can actually do more harm than good. Thatch is a layer of dead grass, plant stems, etc. that’s on time of the grass and soil. In small quantities, it can act as a natural fertilizer for your lawn, but too much prevents sunlight, water, and fertilizer from getting to the soil. It also invites in diseases and insects that can do a lot of damage to the grass and roots.
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  • Aeration: This is another process that should be done in early fall if it’s needed. Due to the lack of moisture in the summertime, it’s possible for your lawn to become compacted. A little bit of moisture can get through, but not enough to be healthy. Aeration removes small plugs throughout the lawn that not only lets moisture in but air, lime, seeds, fertilizer, and more!
  • Seeding: If your lawn is looking a little bare, early fall is the perfect time to let new seeds get themselves established in the ground. One of the biggest reasons is that weeds are done fighting for the space. They tend to thrive in the summer heat. The cooler weather is gentler on new seedlings as well especially mixed with an organic fertilizer. This process should be done after dethatching and aeration.
  • Overseeding: This process is more for new lawns that need more than just a few patches attended to. It’s the same as seeding but it’s using even more grass seeds. The two things that need to happen for a successful overseeding is that the seeds need to be in direct contact with the soil and the seeds need plenty of space to germinate and mature.
  • Liming: The pH balance of your soil is important for healthy grass. Usually, fertilizer offers the balance it needs, but sometimes it needs a little help. If the soil is too acidic, it can affect how the seeds and roots will grow. If your soil is struggling, there’s a chance its nutrients are unbalanced. We’ll be able to fix it with the right fertilizer or adding the right amount of lime to the soil.
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  • Insects: Not all insects enjoy the spring and summer. There are a few that thrive in the fall that can be damaging to your lawn such as Japanese beetles, grubs, and more. There are insect repellents we can apply to your lawn that prevent these pests from making your soil their home.

At R Green Lawns, we take your lawn care very seriously. Now is the perfect time to tackle your lawn maintenance for the rest of the year! Contact us today for more information!