Make Your Neighbor Jealous of Your Yard

By
Real Estate Agent with The Matt & Molly Team

You know the story.  Spring comes around, you spend time and money trying to make things green and luch, but no matter how hard you try, your neighbords lawn looks like something out of a magazine.

What you may not know is that taking time in this fall to prepare your lawn for the colder months ahead will offer a huge pay off when spring comes around, and you’ll be able to enjoy lusher, greener grass when temperatures rise again.

Fertilizing

 

soilProviding nutrients to your lawn before cold weather strikes is good for strengthening roots and increasing the nutrients stored for an earlier spring green. While the top growth of grass stops, grass plants are storing nutrients and energy for the following season.  Look for fertilizer with a nitrogen-phosphate-potassium (NPK) ratio of 3:1:2 or 4:1:2.

When applying the fertilizer, make sure that you follow the application instructions and rate information on the package.  Fertilizer applied incorrectly can cause more harm than good.   It is also a good rule to apply the fertilizer about 2-3 weeks before the ground freezes so the plant can start to take up some of the nutrients.

 

Instead of pacing the yard with a push spreader, consider a tow-behind spreader attached to your riding lawn mower or garden tractor. An attachment can quickly distribute fertilizer evenly across your yard.

 

Aerating

 

aeratorAerating, the process of removing plugs of soil and thatch from the lawn, is ideal in cooler months. It encourages deep rooting, improves water and nutrient penetration, and promotes growth of beneficial soil microorganisms. There are a variety of techniques you can use to penetrate the soil, such as spiked shoes or spray-on liquids, but to most effectively aerate soil, attach a dethatcher, or a plug aerator behind a riding mower or tractor to remove plugs of soil from 2-3 inches deep.

 

 
Mulching

 

lawn_tip_mulchingIf you prefer not to rake or bag grass or leaves, mulching with a mower is an ideal alternative. Be sure to mulch leaves only when they are dry to avoid damp and wet leaves clumping or building up under mower decks.

 

Remember that grass needs sunlight in the fall to help store food for winter, so don’t wait until your lawn is completely matted down with leaves to mulch. A thin layer of mulched leaves is ideal and helps add nutrients to the soil, reducing the need for fertilizer.

 

Composting

 

Creating a compost pile allows you to turn organic material into rich soil. The fall season is a good time to create a compost pile with decaying yard matter, such as vegetables, grass clippings and leaves, which can provide nutrient-rich soil for spring planting. For best results, alternate layers of “brown,” or high carbon materials, with grass clippings.

 

Taking these steps will prepare your lawn for the winter and help it come back strong, healthy and beautiful in the spring.

Comments (2)

Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Curb appeal is almost easy in the summer. In the colder months, it's takes some work to make it look good. Excellent tips here. 

Sep 24, 2014 01:20 AM
Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

To have a great yard it is important to do all the above. 

Sep 24, 2014 01:31 AM