Fairfield Lawn Care Blog: Seed your Lawn in the Fall for Best Results

Fairfield Lawn Care Blog: Seed your Lawn in the Fall for Best Results

Thanks for the great information available on Angies List, learn more about Fairfield Lawn Care Lawn Reseeding! The modern lawn is amazingly resilient. During the hottest, driest weeks of summer, it goes into protective dormancy where growth slows and color fades. But then in late summer, after a few good rains and cooler temperatures set in, most lawns bounce back with the return of lush, green growth.

But if you’re under the impression the lawn care season is over and you should just let your lawn coast until spring — think again. Late-season lawn care plays an important role in overall lawn health, and it will minimize the amount of time you’ll spend on maintenance come spring.

Fairfield Lawn Care: Fall lawn mowing tips

Continue mowing cool-season grasses as long as new growth appears.

Raise the mower blade and cut the grass to a height of 3 inches. Don’t assume mowing short (the buzz cut) will reduce time spent on lawn care. During fall, lawns focus more energy on root growth than blade growth. Scalping a lawn puts considerable stress on the root system, making it harder for lawns to resist weeds and pests, and survive the winter chill.

As leaves start to drop, mulch them into the lawn (grass clippings too). While this topic often leads to heated debates among lawn-loving homeowners, studies have shown how mulching leaves causes no negative effects to lawns, turf or soil pH.

Just don’t let the leaves pile up. If you mow each weekend in fall, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Fairfield Lawn Care: Fertilizing in fall

A couple of fertilizer applications throughout fall should help your lawn recover from the summer stress, improve color, root structure and density, and help it survive winter so that it comes back stronger the following spring.

The No. 1 rule when using fertilizer is to always follow the instructions on the product label, including when to apply the fertilizer and how much to use. Fertilizer misuse can cause environmental hazards, and even destroy a lawn.

Lawn fertilizers are made up of three main nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, and by law they’re identified in that order with a three-digit, numerical code prominently displayed on the bag.

The numbers represent the percentage by weight of each nutrient. Nitrogen is the most important nutrient for lawns, so the first number in the ratio on the fertilizer bag should be the largest.

Fairfield Lawn Care:  Seeding lawns in fall

Cooler temperatures and warm soil conditions make late-summer to early fall an optimal time to sow grass seed. Just don’t wait too late in the season or the grass won’t establish by the time temperatures drop.

For repairing dead patches in the lawn, remove the dead grass down to the bare soil, use a rake to rough up the soil (the seeds will stick better) and then add grass seed.

Germination usually takes around 10 to 15 days. It’s important to keep the soil moist but not drenched during this period. After it starts to grow, you should continue to water on a daily basis to encourage root growth and to prevent it from drying out.

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