Now that the blazing weather of summer is slowly settling into the cooler temperatures of fall, it’s time to start preparing your lawn and garden for the new season. Even though winter will soon freeze everything over, putting in a little work now will help prep your lawn for the spring. Don’t shut down your sprinklers yet — keep in mind a few key lawn-care tips while the leaves are still falling.
How to Prepare Your Lawn For Fall
1. Keep Watering
Although it seems like most plant life is shriveling and dying during the fall, your lawn still needs water during this transition. Running your sprinklers until the first frost hits helps keep your lawn healthy and builds its strength for the long winter to come. You’ll especially want to keep running your sprinklers if you fertilize during the fall. The water will help the nutrients soak into the ground, leading to a healthier regrowth in the spring.
2. Trim Grass & Remove Leaves
A blanket of colorful leaves is certainly a beautiful addition to your lawn, but it can cause trouble if it’s not removed before the first snowfall. When snow presses the leaves down into the grass, it can hinder your lawn’s regrowth in the spring and potentially lead to problems such as snow mold, a fungus that can grow once the snow melts. You’ll also want to trim your grass very low, to 1.5 or 2 inches, before it snows. This prevents long blades from matting down and smothering new growth.
Early fall might seem like an odd time to reseed your lawn, but it actually leads to healthier growth in the long run. If you reseed during the late spring or early summer, the seed is likely to be destroyed by the extreme heat and dry conditions. The cooler temperatures of early fall, however, are much more favorable conditions for seeds to take hold.
If you’re gearing up your lawn for the fall and winter, Whittemore Sprinkler Company in Lincoln, NE, and the surrounding area is ready to help make sure you have the watering powering you need. The company’s team takes the specifics of your lawn into account when helping you find the equipment you need, and they deliver an exceptional experience for every client. With an inventory of high-quality brands and a repair service to keep things running efficiently, there’s no better choice for sprinkler assistance. Visit the website for a full list of services, or call (402) 476-8552 to speak with a representative.