Fall may seem like a time to take it easy with your lawn care, with the days growing shorter and cooler. But it’s actually a crucial time to take care of certain tasks like aerating and thatching. Below, the yard maintenance experts from Greg’s Job Squad — based in Winona, MN, and serving neighboring La Crosse, WI, and nearby areas — offer five tips for great fall lawn care.
5 Fall Lawn Care Tips From Greg’s Job Squad
1. Rake Those Leaves
Fall leaves are lovely to look at, but they pose a hazard to a healthy lawn. If leaves are allowed to cover your grass, trap moisture, or pile up over the fall and winter, they can block light and leave your lawn susceptible to disease.
2. Keep Mowing
Though it seems like a good time to hold back on lawn care with winter approaching, it’s still best to keep your grass cut to between 2-1/2 and 3 inches to keep the roots healthy enough to withstand winter.
3. Aerate, Fertilize, & Seed
Fall is also the best time to aerate and seed your lawn, as spring aeration can leave your lawn more susceptible to incursions by weeds. Follow up aeration with fertilizer and seed to let the new grass develop a foothold before winter.
4. Lay Sod
Fall is a great time to lay sod to patch up any unhealthy spots on your lawn. The temperature and moisture of the season create the best conditions for sod to establish itself.
5. Consider Thatching
One of the least-known professional lawn care secrets is thatching, which entails removing the layer of dead and decaying material from just above the surface of the soil to prevent disease and insect problems. Proper thatching usually involves specialized lawn care equipment and is best performed by professionals.
Fall is the best time to undertake any of these tasks, and some of them should ideally be avoided in winter, spring, or summer. For the finest in professional assistance with general lawn care, landscaping, patio maintenance, and snow removal, contact Greg’s Job Squad today. Visit their website to find out more, or call (507) 459-4916 for their Winona office and (608) 780-8137 for their La Crosse office to receive an estimate or schedule an appointment. You can also connect with their team on Facebook.