Keeping a green, healthy lawn is a year-round endeavor. If you want your lawn to be ready for the following year, you need to still perform some basic lawn care during the fall. With Oklahoma’s sporadic weather, fall lawn care isn’t always easy. Fortunately, if you know what to do, it shouldn’t be too difficult. In this article, we’ll cover the following:
- Fertilizing the Yard in Fall
- Watering the Yard in Fall
- Planting Cool-Season Grass
- Fall Lawn Maintenance
Fertilizing the Yard in Fall
Fertilizing your lawn is already beneficial, but many of us neglect using fertilizer in the fall. However, fertilizing your yard during fall is an indispensable step towards a healthy lawn next year. It keeps the grass roots healthy, which will help prevent weeds growing in your lawn. Additionally, it will help your grass grow in faster when spring comes around. Before you do this, make sure you have a lawn fertilizer designed for cold weather seasons. Furthermore, you want to have the fertilizer down while the grass is still growing.
Watering the Yard in Fall
Naturally, since the summer is over, watering the lawn is no longer necessary right? Unfortunately, the relatively cooler temperatures don’t mean your grass doesn’t need water. You will need to continue watering the yard until the ground temperature reaches freezing temperatures. Admittedly, you won’t need to water as much as you do in the summer. Still, you should water the yard every two weeks.
Plant Cool-Season Grass
It’s important to plant the appropriate grass for the appropriate season. Warm-season grass thrives during the spring and summer months. Therefore, it makes sense you’d plant it during the spring. Likewise, cool-season grass thrives during the cold temperature months. So, you should plant it during the fall. If your lawn has any dead patches, this is a good time to repair them.
Fall Lawn Maintenance
People who live in Tahlequah already know that your grass keeps growing even during the fall. It might grow slower once the weather cools down, but it still needs maintenance. Be sure to trim the grass in preparation for the winter. You don’t want the grass to be too long, otherwise it will become matted under the snow. At the same time, it can’t be too short, or the grass won’t insulate during the winter. If you keep it 2 inches long, then it should be the perfect length.
Now that you’ve done all that, what should you do about the leaves littered all over your yard? We’ve discussed this in the past, so if you want more information, you can read it here.
We all lead busy lives, and if you don’t have the time to take care of this, look for a Tahlequah lawn service near you.