Lawn & Yard Care
As we say goodbye to sun hats and hello to sweaters, it can feel like the rules for fall lawn care change as quickly as the autumn leaves. But how do you separate fall lawn care facts from fiction?
We’re busting some common fall lawn care myths and offering solutions rooted in reality, so you can set your lawn up for success season after season.
Strive for one inch of water per week, including rainfall. A wind-resistant sprinkler is a good choice for fall watering because it automatically adjusts the height of its spray on breezy days to avoid wasting water. If you get frequent rainfall in the fall months, adjust your watering timer to water less often, and you’ll be set. A Gilmour watering timer also allows you to delay a scheduled watering session if you experience unexpected rainfall.
Be sure to finish reseeding by the middle of September, so your new grass will have time to grow and establish a root system before the winter cold. Remember that spots damaged by heat, dog urine or other stressors may also require additional care. A stationary square sprinkler is great for spot-watering new seed because it targets smaller areas with a gentle spray.
The reality? This method is inefficient (unless you want to spend an entire day walking around your lawn!) Plus, your bodyweight compacts the already compacted soil, rather than creating space for growth. If you want to aerate your lawn, your best bet is to hire a lawn care service, or rent an aerator from a home improvement store and do it yourself.
Keeping your grass short allows weeds to get more sunlight and thus better compete with your grass. Shorter grass also has a shallower root system, making it more vulnerable to drought. While you may get a few extra days between mows, the risks could jeopardize the lawn you’ve worked so hard to maintain.
With these popular myths dispelled, you can smoothly transition your grass into fall. The final weeks of the growing season will be colored by changing leaves and Betterdays.
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