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Fall Lawn Care

by Francine Huff, All About Lawns Columnist

The end of summer means it's time to begin planning for fall lawn care. The right lawn maintenance can prepare your grass for the winter months and a healthy growing season in the spring.

When to Fertilize Your Lawn

The care and proper feeding of your lawn can keep it healthy and allow it to get through the cold months with little damage. Knowing when to fertilize your lawn depends upon the type of grass. Fertilize cool-season grasses such as ryegrass, bluegrass, or fescue during September, October, or November. Zoysia and St. Augustine, which are warm-weather grasses, can be fertilized through September.

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Mow Your Backyard Lawn

Your grass typically won't grow as much as during the summer, but continue to mow it as needed. Most grass goes into a dormant state during the winter months. For your last mowing of the fall season, cut your backyard lawn an inch lower than normal. Try to catch as many of the grass clippings as possible so your lawn can get enough air and sunlight.

Remove Leaves

Fall lawn care should include raking and picking up all leaves to avoid lawn diseases during the colder months. Leaves can also be mulched into compost for your grass. If you have a large lawn, invest in a mulcher and bagging unit or leaf shredder for your lawnmower. 

You can also apply a weed killer to work during the colder months. There are combination fertilizers and weed killers available so shop around for the best product for your lawn.


About the Author
Francine L. Huff is a freelance journalist and the author of The 25-Day Money Makeover for Women. She has appeared on a variety of TV and radio shows.

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