Fall is the ideal time of year in the Midwest, with bonfires and football games and pumpkin patches often being key elements to enjoying the season. With cooler weather and reduced humidity, you may find yourself spending more time outdoors. If that’s the case, creating an outdoor oasis to relish in is just the project for you. Some patio furniture, a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, and a nice, green lawn to go along with it. In order to get that lush green expanse, you’ll have to put in some effort to get it there, and keep it that way. Here are 5 tips for fall lawn care in Springfield.
If you’ve had plenty of rain, you probably won’t need to water your lawn very often in the fall. If you haven’t had a lot of rainfall, then you should be sure to water your lawn regularly. Longer, less frequent watering cycles encourage strong root growth, so aim for an irrigation schedule that gives plenty of water.
Unfortunately, fall isn’t yet time to pack up your lawn mower. Grass will continue to grow throughout the fall, until it goes dormant for the winter. As long as it’s growing, you’ll need to continue to mow. Keep to the one-third rule- if your grass should be mowed to two inches, then mow one inch off when it hits three inches. This might mean you won’t have to mow as often as the fall goes on.
During the fall, you may find yourself needing to rake and clean up debris in your yard a lot more. More than just keeping it looking great, this clean up process can help to reduce lawn diseases, pests and insects, as well as improving the amount of sunlight, water and fertilizer that gets to your lawn.
Fertilizing your lawn is one way to keep it healthy and strong through the fall. When you fertilize, you’re feeding the lawn the nutrients it needs. A nutrient-rich lawn can store up energy and what it needs to endure harsh winter weather so that it grows back thick and green in the spring.
You may think about skipping this step, but waiting until the spring means that the pests can move in now and hunker down throughout the winter to come in strong when the weather warms up. You should start now to control your pests and keep your lawn healthy and strong against future infestations.
If you’re looking for some additional help with your lawn care, check out our Springfield lawn care page to see what you can do to love your lawn.