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Unexpected Lawn and Yard Ideas for Late Summer

by Joe Cooper, All About Lawns Columnist

Fertilizing, aerating, and weeding are all pretty predictable late summer lawn maintenance trends. (And they're good ones). But consider a few other, perhaps more surprising late summer ideas for your lawn. These can help you get the most from your lawn space (both present and future) and get your lawn in good shape for fall.

Hate your lawn? Replace it.

The idea of getting an entire new lawn could seem like overkill, but it's actually easier than it sounds. And it could be worth the extra expense if you just haven't been able to restore those annoying brown patches. If you live in an area where you'll enjoy warm temperatures for another month at least, this can be a great idea before fall sets in. On the other hand, if you're in a northern state where temperatures will start dropping in September, you'll want to act fast or hold off until next year.

Not motivated to aerate or dethatch? Be lazy.

Did you know there are liquid products that can have similar effects to aerating, dethatching, and soil conditioning? Check out your local hardware store for products like this, which you can attach to your hose. Skip the manual labor and use this strategic sprayer.

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  • Before you spray, be sure to mow your lawn to about half of its mowing height, helping the liquid product reach and penetrate the soil more effectively.

Brighten your spring lawn plan with bulbs.
Fall can be a great time to stalk on bulbs you plan to plant later, especially the popular ones that tend to sell out once winter wears off. Here are a few of those choices:

  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Peonies
  • Freesia

Not a green thumb? Try bulbs that are easy to grow and let yourself off the hook a little.

There are other things you can do to plan ahead, like performing maintenance on your mower and other power tools (so that winterizing them is easier come late fall). But don't forget to sit back and enjoy your summer lawn, too - after all, that's why it's there.





About the Author
Joe Cooper writes education, home services, and design articles, and manages corporate communications. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.

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