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Getting Your Lawn Ready for Fall

Although we are still in the heat of summer, if you’ve been in any crafts store recently, then you’re well aware that fall is upon us. (Somehow it’s almost winter too.) Either way, summer is nearly at its end, but that doesn’t mean the lawn work needs to stop.


Fall is actually the prime time to prepare for the next growing season, so with a just little bit of work, you’ll have a healthy lawn next spring! Follow these three tips and you’ll soon be thanking yourself.


1. Don’t Stop Mowing

mowing the lawn


As summer comes to an end you shouldn’t just quit mowing. You should continue to take care of your lawn and make sure it stays healthy, then a couple weeks before the end of the fall, for the final couple of cuts, you should lower the blade to allow more sunlight to reach the crown (where grass goes into the ground).



2. Fertilize

lawn fertilizer


Since you want your lawn to continue to grow and remain healthy, it’s still important to feed it. There are many advantages to fertilizing your lawn which includes maintaining a strong root system so it will be in good shape come spring time.



3. Rake Leaves

Raking Leaves in fall


It’s crucial to your lawn’s health that you rake up leaves, twigs and other debris as soon as possible. If you don’t, then they will trap moisture and begin building up certain types of molds and diseases that are harmful to your lawn. Do yourself a favor and don’t wait until every leaf has fallen from your trees to start raking.


Don’t forget to also:

  • Control weeds in your lawn
  • Aerate your soil
  • Seed bare spots
  • Apply lawn topdressing (typically at about 1/4 in.)


Even though it may still be warm for a while, as the seasons begin to change, these tips will help you maximize your lawn prep for next year and keep your yard looking great.

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