As the weather begins to change, it is time to start thinking about what you are going to do with your lawn. There are still a few weeks left where the grass will be plush and green. You can take advantage of these last few weeks and at the same time have your lawn ready for the cold weather. Follow these tips and your lawn will be ready to go again when the weather starts to turn in spring.
• Mow Your Lawn – just because the weather is changing does not mean the grass will stop growing. Keep maintaining your lawn just as you have all summer, but drop those mower blades down a bit lower as the weather starts to get colder. The trick here is in gradually dropping the blades lower with each cut.
• Aerate Your Lawn – there is a reason golf courses look like Swiss cheese come October. If you do not own an aerator, pay someone to do it or rent the equipment (should cost less than $100 for the day). This will enable the fertilizer, fresh oxygen, and water to reach the roots and have your lawn in great shape come spring.
• Rake – no, it is not a fun job, but there are serious repercussions to the health of your lawn if you do not rake the leaves as they are falling. Set one or two days a week aside to get outside and rake your lawn. If not, the leaves can create mold and mildew, which will lead to bare spots on the lawn.
• Fertilize the Lawn – I used to play golf at a course where the groundskeeper would wait until the first snow and spread fertilizer over the snow. As the snow melted, it allowed the seed and fertilizer to sink into the soil. I was amazed at how rich and plush the course came up every year, far earlier than many of the other courses in the area.
• Kill the Weeds – weeds love the fall and winter and this is when you need to go to battle. Buy a quality weed killer and follow the package instructions for application. The fall is when weeds are eating, so feed them the weed killer and say goodbye!