Fall Lawn Care Tips

Fall is here, though some of us are still experiencing periods of warm temperatures. While we still have some warm weather left, this is the perfect time to prepare your yard for fall and winter.

Keep the grass tall

Tall grass helps keep moisture during warmer temperatures. Mowing high also decreases turf damage from mowing too short, the grass is more drought tolerant, and more weed and grub tolerant.

Trim and edge

Hedge trimmers and pruners are great lawn care tools. Fall is the perfect time to handle overgrown bushes and shrubs and these tools do just that. Note that cutting old and thick branches promotes the growth of new stems.

Edgers, string trimmers, or brushcutters are also great tools. They enhance the look of your yard and add new definition to the area. They can help stop the entrance of plant roots in your sidewalk and driveway. Once winter is over, it will be easier to reestablish a beautiful lawn.

Fertilize

While there are a variety of blended fertilizers in stores, fertilizing starts with you and your mower. Mow your lawn as you normally would and leave the finely chopped grass clippings on your lawn as mulch. Mulching allows the grass to naturally decompose while allowing nutrients to reach your soil and improve the health of your lawn.

Overseed when needed

Soon your lawn will be covered in leaves, and shortly after covered in snow once winter hits. You don’t want bald spots on your lawn when fall ends so it’s a good idea to overseed now.

If you are overseeding, do not mow high. Instead cut the grass at your mower’s lowest height and bag the mower clippings instead of using them as mulch. This way, the seeds will get maximum contact with the soil and new grass will grow.

Dethatch the lawn

The thatch layer is the layer of dead grass, roots, and debris that accumulate on the surface of the soil. Over time, a thick mat forms and this prevents air and water from reaching the soil. Therefore, your lawn is more susceptible to diseases and pests.

If the thatch layer is over a half inch thick, it should be removed. Most lawns need dethatching once a year. To check if it’s time, work your fingers into the grass and take note of the thatch layer. To remove thatch from your lawn, use a dethatching rake or power dethatcher.

Aerate compacted soil

Lastly, consider aeration. Aerating entails punching holes into the lawn to allow oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the soil. The goal of aeration is to loosen compacted soil and is needed for lawns that suffer from heavy foot traffic and construction.

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Cub Cadet Seasonal Lawn Care Tips

Cub Cadet Seasonal Lawn Care Tips

Lawn care is a never-ending job. For many of us, sunshine and warm temperatures indicate that it’s time to make our lawns healthy and beautiful. However, you should take care of your lawn throughout each season, even if ice is thawing and leaves are falling. Whether or not you live in an area that experiences all four seasons, these lawn care tips will help keep your lawn looking its best whether it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter.

Lawn Care Tips for Spring

In the spring, there is a list of obvious maintenance to perform on your lawn from watering the grass to fertilizing to mowing. There are also a lot of not-so-obvious things to handle once the winter snow melts. For starters, remove leaves, sticks, twigs, and any other debris that accumulated during the winter. If your lawn suffered damage from cold temps, snow, ice, snow blowing or shoveling, you should replace the divots and place down new seed.

Many people know the importance of applying fertilizer to your lawn. In spring, applying herbicides to grass is beneficial as well. However, don’t apply both fertilizer and herbicide at the same time because herbicides will restrict grass growth.

Lastly, spring is the best time to get your equipment ready to work. Make sure your lawn mower and other equipment has had basic maintenance and is working properly. If not, you will still have time to perform repairs or buy new parts before too much grass has grown.

Lawn Care Tips for Summer

During the summer you should focus on mowing your lawn and watering it. With the high temperatures that summer brings, the best way to keep your lawn healthy and beautiful is to keep the grass a little long. Do not cut your grass to less than two inches in height because when grass is cut too short it is more likely to dry out and become damaged since the mower’s blades can’t shade the soil and roots from the sun.

If you’re using a sprinkler to water your grass, make sure you move it every half hour to ensure even watering. When watering during the summer, it’s best to do so early in the morning or in the evening. When the temperature is cooler, this prevents searing or scorching your grass when the sun is at its hottest.

Lawn Care Tips for Fall

To prepare for the fall and winter, fertilize your lawn one more time. Applying nutrients before the cold months will keep your lawn healthy and recuperate quicker in the spring. During the fall, it’s fine to mow your grass shorter than normal. This shorter grass won’t get as damaged by snow during winter. Fall is also a great time to put down new grass seeds in any dead areas.

Lawn Care Tips for Winter

During the winter, you’ll want to prevent damage and breakage to your grass, trees, plants, and shrubs. To do this, shovel your walkways to keep visitors off your lawn, which keeps the grass blades from flattening or breaking. Removing snow from shrubs and tree branches will also prevent breakage.

Winter is also a good time to trim branches, if needed. When tree limbs are dormant, the plant sustains less damage than when in full bloom.

Your yard will look its best if you utilize these seasonal lawn care tips. Well-maintained outdoor power equipment and parts are also essential to a great looking lawn. Just like your lawn, inspect your lawn mower and other equipment on a regular basis to make sure it’s ready to work when you need it.

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