The time of the Fall is indeed a hard time for your lawn. The fallen leaves carpet the lawn in yellow and brown and there's always a space crisis for the new twigs to sprout up. It's true that winter begets the spring, but the spring defies to be lush and green until the lawn is taken proper care of.
Take a note of the following easy steps for maintaining the lawn health.
- Evacuating the space by removing the fallen leaves is very important. Leaves shed, blocks the area making it difficult for the new grass shoots to breath. The budding grass suffers the dearth of space and remains trapped beneath the moist, soggy and musty carpet of foliage to decay and rot in crisis of adequate oxygen, sunlight and proper nutrition. Thus make sure that the lawn is cleaned up regularly in the autumn to make a hearty welcome to the upcoming spring. Don't forget to clean up the foliage in the corners even when the trees are bare.
- Trim the grass but be alert about how much you are trimming. While mowing the grass too much, precisely cutting it short to lesser than 3 inches in height, will have an adverse effect on the root system, ( the cutting height and the root height are proportional), keeping the grass too long will strip it off its freshness, making it more vulnerable to be affected by fungi namely the snow mold. Root problems will make the grass more sensitive to the ruffled weather during the winter. Thus make sure that you trim your grass as per the requirement, keeping it in and around 3 inches in height. Keep in mind that mowing increases the importance of mulch installation.
- Cooler climate during the Fall may not ensure the desired hydration of the roots and this makes watering crucial. Per week your lawn must get at least an inch of water which if otherwise, would affect the grass health. A rain gauge can easily keep a track of the amount of water supply. In case of natural water crisis, take recourse to sprinklers and irrigation until the end of October. After this you can loosen the hoses and disconnect the pipes to get rid of the frozen water.
- Proper aeration and fertilization of the soil is important. Once every couple of years the soil is to be loosened up to avoid soil hardening and compacting. A core aerator can accomplish the task at ease by punching holes through the carpet of thatch, roots and debris that layer the upper crust of the soil blocking nutrient absorption. Through these holes water can circulate better and fertilizers can reach the soil roots in optimum levels ensuring a healthy growth of the grass. Aerating the land prior to fertilization is important. In. presence of adequate nitrogen the grass chlorophyll produces plant sugars in profusion which are noted to be beneficial for the root health. Application of slow release granular fertilizers, potassium, phosphorus and else are important after chalking down the respective amounts of each needed, preceded by a soil test. A 5 foot buffer is to be maintained during fertilization if there's water nearby to avoid contamination.
- Last but not the least overseeding the turf during the fall and maintaining a proper schedule and timing for everything is very crucial. Overseeding installs grasses that are resilient to climate hiccups and keep the lawn healthy by recovering bald patches and weed growth. A slit seeder can be rented or the grass seeds can be injected into the soil to ensure lesser damage.
All these steps are to be executed at the right time without fail. If you are not that expert to understand the timing factors, don’t hesitate to rely on Lawn Maintenance Scottsdale, The Mast Lawn Care.