Give your lawn extra care this weekend for a healthier lawn next spring. True, autumn is famously the season for raking leaves, but it’s also time to fertilize and reseed cool-season grasses.
Add these lawn care chores to your weekend to-do list:
1. Rake and mulch leaves
Keep your lawn neat by raking leaves, or using a blower to corral them and then bag or mulch them. Rake regularly to keep leaves from blocking sunlight on the grass.
You can use your lawn mower to mulch leaves that can be spread on your garden to protect plants. Learn more about mulching leaves with a lawnmower.
2. Feed Your Lawn
Use a slow-release lawn fertilizer to fertilize cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass and fescue. With cooler temperatures and more rain, the grass will have energy to expand its root network. See our guide where we break down and explain the types of fertilizers your yard needs.
3. sow Grass seed
Overseed an existing lawn to revive a worn-down lawn and to fill in bare patches. Check with a Garden Center associate for advice on reseeding your type of grass. Fall is also the best time to plant a new lawn. Learn how to prep, seed and water a new lawn.
4. Keep Mowing
Continue mowing your lawn through late summer and fall. It’s important to keep the grass trimmed, but you’ll need to lower the mower‘s carriage to its lowest setting for the final mowings of the season. This will help your grass focus on growing roots.
Remember to water your lawn, too, especially if you’re in an arid region or during times of drought. Lawns need, on average, about an inch of water a week to maintain that lush, green look.
5. Clean tools and store
It’s important to clean tools before putting them away for the winter. Begin by washing off off any dirt or debris and drying. Remove rust and coat metal parts with a lubricant like WD-40. Keep garden tools clean and neat.