Summer may be over but that doesn’t mean the joy of lawn maintenance has to come to an end. Fall offers a whole new host of opportunities to get creative with your yard and help it prepare for the cold months that lie ahead. You put a lot of work into your yard this year, don’t let it go to waste. Getting your yard ready for winter will help pull it through our long Connecticut winters and help it green up quickly in the spring. Take a look at these fall lawn care tips and get out there and have some fun!
Even though your grass may have slowed down it doesn’t mean it’s time to put away the lawnmower. Keep mowing your grass until the first frost to keep it at an ideal length so as not to create an opportunity for mold or harm the delicate root systems. The height of your grass depends on the grass type you have.
While you’re following your mowing routine try keeping the grass clipping and chopped up leaves where they are. The resulting debris will settle under the grass and create a nutrient-rich mulch and weed barrier that will come in handy in the spring. You can even save the leaves and set them aside in a compost pile to use in your garden and flower beds.
Mowing over the leaves is great some of the time but nothing beats good old fashioned raking. As leaves settle and get wet they create a thick mat that will block out the sun and kill the grass underneath. Be sure to rake regularly so leaves don’t stay on your grass for an extended period.
Check your gutters for leaves and debris. Winter storms and clogged gutters could create an overflow that leaks into your house, erodes the dirt around your house, and can become so heavy that it rips the gutters down when it freezes.
After you rake up all those leaves, what do you do with them? You can trash them or burn them like most people, or you could use this natural gift to your advantage. Stop wasting your hard-earned money on expensive mulch. Leaves are a great source of nutrients so why not turn your old dead leaves into a compost pile. You can place them in your flower beds or till them into your garden for some natural fertilizer.
Between scorching temperatures, drought conditions, pests, and foot traffic, your yard can be very stressed by the end of the year. Just like with summer lawn maintenance, It’s important to take care of your lawn during the fall. However, there are times your soil becomes too compact to benefit from all the hard work you put into it.
When your soil is compacted it deprives your turf of water, air, and nutrients. This can cause your lawn to exhibit signs similar to drought, but if your water your grass you’ll see that it does not remedy the problem.
For over 15 years Colonel Landscaping has provided a wide range of lawn care services for Connecticut residents from brush clearing to lawn repair services. If you are tired of doing all of the work yourself then call us at (860) 739-0008 or leave us a message on our site.