Throughout the year, there are many diffrent steps that you need to take in order to maintain the health of your lawn, trees, beds and bushes. During the fall there is aeoration and fertilzation of your lawn to the seeding and weed control that needs to occur during the early spring months and throught the summer. Check out our tips and if you get stuck, call us!
Fertilizing 101: When to Fertilize and Why?
Timing is everything when it applies to fertilizing and FALL is when you apply fertilizer since this is when the roots that will sustain the plants through the following summer are actively growing and need fertilization. The ideal periods are the first two weeks in September and between the last mowing and Thanksgiving. Fertilizing after Thanksgiving often is hampered by wintry conditions, during which time precipitation will wash the fertilizer into local streams, contributing to waterway pollution.
Aeration What? And Why Does My Lawn Need It?
Aeration involves the perforating of the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, fuller and vibrant lawn. The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn cuttings or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements.
Start Cutting Your Lawn Shorter as Winter Approaches.
As winter approaches and you are approaching the last cutting of your grass for winter, lower the mowing height of your mower. Winter should begin without any young, tender growth that makes your lawn more appealing to winter diseases. Besides the new growth, the lawn will be vulnerable to dry out at the first cold days approach so be sure to gradually reduce the cutting height on your mower to cut as short as possible.