The time of year has arrived where homeowners need to think about caring for their lawn during the autumn months in order to have a great lawn come next spring. Homeowners need to have a good plan to lay the groundwork for next spring. Here are some suggestions:
Mow the lawn – The lawn needs regular care which includes mowing the lawn on a regular basis. If the grass is too tall, this may attract field mice. Shorter grass tends to be more resistant to disease and traps fewer falling leaves. Cutting grass low allows the sun to reach the crown of the grass, but do not cut too low during the main part of the regular grass growing season. The last moving of the growing season, set your mower on the lowest cutting setting. This will prepare your lawn for the next growing season.
Aerate lawn – Aerating your lawn improves the health of the grass. Punching holes into the soil allows for oxygen, water, & nutrients to get into the soil. This can be done by using a walk-behind, or a pull type aerator behind a riding mower.
Mulch leaves in yard – Many lawn mowers now do a great job in mulching leaves and grass clippings into small particles. This can form a compost quickly which can be return to the lawn as nutrients to the soil.
Trim trees and bushes – Use trimmers, chainsaws, and pole pruners to trim back trees and bushes. Tree limbs should be 3 feet from the roof or side of house to prevent wind damage. There should be a minimum 3-inch distance between bushes and the side of house. Need to allow sunlight between house and bushes to prevent the infestation of termites.