After an unseasonably hot and dry summer, if your lawn is like most, it’s probably suffering from the extreme weather we’ve had. Fortunately, there are a couple ways we can help your struggling lawn rebound after a difficult summer. Some attention to your lawn now will not only make it look nicer for the fall but will help get it ready for the approaching cold season. The fall is the perfect time to take advantage of two key services—core aeration and fertilization.
Let your Lawn Breathe Again
If you’ve heard of core aeration, you may think of it as a springtime service. But there are many benefits to aerating in the fall—particularly after the intensely hot and dry summer we’ve had. During a core aeration service, small holes are perforated in your lawn so that more fertilizer, oxygen, and water can get down to the roots of your turf. Our region, known for its clay soil, is an ideal candidate for this type of service as the main reason for aeration is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soil simply doesn’t allow for good circulation of air, water, or nutrients, and in only a short time, this becomes evident on the surface with grass that isn’t growing well and has lost its luster. By restoring the health of your turf with aeration, it will grow faster and thicker, giving you greener turf throughout the fall season. It will also strengthen your lawn prior to entering into winter.
Boost Turf’s Survival and Growth
If you truly want your lawn at its best, then it’s time to start a fertilization program. The fall is actually the best time of year to fertilize your lawn. After a stressful summer like we’ve had, lawns really need a shot of fertilizer to get them going once again. That boost will go a long way in making your lawn the best it can be until it goes dormant in winter. Fall weather creates the perfect growing conditions for growing grass, and now is the time to take advantage of it. Fertilization will also ensure that your roots are strong and ready to sustain the approaching cold. A strong root system will carry you through even a harsh winter. And if you get your lawn strong and healthy now, it will come out in much better shape come spring. Fertilization is really a foundation of not only turf’s winter survival, but also its spring green-up. Come spring, you’ll be glad you took the time to fertilize in the fall.