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Top 5 Fall Lawn Care Tips

by Joe Cooper, All About Lawns Columnist

Taking advantage of the change in seasons is smart. Thinking of your lawn in terms of a person who needs food and nutrients to survive is a good tip. For lawns, fall is all about rejuvenating before winter. Here are few tips to help you make that happen.

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  1. Aerate for lawn health. Aerating your lawn to loosen the soil after a summer of heat and use is a good idea for fall. Aeration punches holes in your lawn, allowing water, fertilizer, and nutrients to reach deeper toward a lawn's roots.
  2. Fertilize your way through fall. Fall is a great time to fertilize, offering your lawn the nitrogen it needs for healthy growth. Some fertilizer can do double duty and help fight weeds: these are called "weed-and-feed" fertilizers. You also want to fertilize well before fall ends, and cold temperatures make your lawn go "dormant" and take a rest for the year.
  3. Hate raking? Mulch instead. If raking isn't your favorite fall chore, put these fallen friends to work. You can turn your leaves into mulch and spread them right across your lawn using a "materials collection system" attachment with your mower, available at your hardware store. You can trim your lawn and turn your leaves to mulch in the same forward motion.
  4. Reseed to fix patches before the cold. Reseeding is a great fall practice, before the winter comes and cold temperatures and ice or snow settle in. Using a fast-growing grass like ryegrass is a common choice, to restore patches before winter sets in. You can also hire a contractor or landscaping service to perform "power seeding," for more serious patching and restoring.
  5. Evict unwanted residents. Fall is a good time to take care of pesky pests like weeds, dandelions, bugs, and grubs. Break out the herbicides, organic weed killer, and pesticides to help keep your lawn free and clear before the cold sets in.

You should always continue the basics, like mowing and edging. Depending on how much rain your region gets, you may want to continue watering, too. Considering these tips above can help your lawn stay healthy and strong through the winter season.

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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