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Although summer is nearing its end, you shouldn’t assume that your lawn maintenance tasks are over for the year. Even after you put your lawn mower back in the garage for the season, there are some chores you will still need to perform in the fall. In fact, autumn is a critical time for your lawn, and if you want to ensure that you have abundant green grass when spring arrives, you should take this time to:
Aerate Your Soil
All summer long, the soil beneath your lawn gets compacted as you walk and run on it. As soil becomes more and more compacted, fewer nutrients and less water and air will get down to the roots of the grass. In the summer your lawn can survive this, but in fall you should aerate the lawn to ensure that the roots get the nourishment they need. Depending on how large your lawn is, you may need a walk-behind aerator to accomplish this task.
Feed Your Grass
Your lawn will grow at slower rate that it did in the summer once cool fall temperatures set in, which makes this season a perfect time to strengthen the roots. Grass roots continue to grow until the ground temperature drops to below 40ºF, so fall is the perfect time to apply fertilizer to help your lawn survive the winter. At minimum, fertilize once at the beginning of the season and once before the first frost of the year.
Plant Your Seeds
If you want to add turf coverage to any bare areas of your yard or thicken the grass on sparse patches on the lawn, you should overseed in the fall. Weeds often germinate in the springtime, so seeds sown then may not take root. Planting seeds in the fall, however, allows them time to grow and set down roots before winter arrives.
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Proper weeding and mowing are essential if you want to keep your lawn healthy, but in order to ensure that your grass grows well in the first place, you must correctly seed your lawn. In Washington State, fall is the ideal time to see your lawn, since crabgrass and other weeds often die out during the cold rainy season, while germinated grass seeds simply lie dormant.
Before you seed your lawn, you must first use a sod cutter to remove the old layer of grass. Next, you should use a rotary tiller to turn the soil, mixing it with the correct proportions of sand and compost. These two pieces of power equipment will greatly simplify your lawn seeding process, making it easier for you to prepare the soil for your chosen type of grass seed.
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Depending on the type of grass you have planted and the weather this season, you will need to mow the lawn on your property about once a week to keep the grass at a manageable, healthy level.
Watch this video for some basic tips on how to trim your grass using a riding mower. Find out what clothes to wear while mowing, what to do with the grass trimmings when you have finished the job, and much more.
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