Garden

Fall Lawn Care

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Written by Hope Penny

If you had only one time in the year that you could fertilize your lawn, fall would be that time! During the fall, the grass itself is growing slower but the roots continue to grow all winter. As the grass grows slower, the roots have less work to do trying to produce grass as well as putting on roots, so a fall application of fertilizer is a great way to help prepare your lawn for the coming year.

This year has been a tough one for the gardens throughout the PNW… our hot sunny summer has been stressful on our lawns, in a lot of cases, large patches or whole lawns have been lost or affected. As the temperatures cool it’s the perfect time to do a few things that can help keep your lawn healthy for the coming year.

Here’s a few quick tips to help you prepare your lawn for the coming year…

September:

  • Overseed any bare patches.
  • Use a fall fertilizer to prepare the lawn for the coming winter. A combination of anywhere from 24-0-3 to 28-0-10 is perfect for the fall lawn application.
  • You can use a straight Feed or a Weed & Feed depending on how your lawn fared over the summer.
  • Using a fertilizer that is called a Winterizer will help store the food contained in the fertilizer for later absorption thru the winter.

October

  • Continue to mow as needed
  • Lower the blade on your lawn mower…this will help get more light to the roots/crown of the grass and help the roots to grow over the winter.

November

  • LIME! One of the best things you can do to help discourage moss in your grass is to apply Lime in the fall and/or winter. The lime helps discourage the moss by changing the PH of the soil.
  • Rake up fallen leaves to prevent the grass suffocating.
  • Winterize your lawn mower by draining the gas, and adding an engine stabilizer and disconnecting spark plugs.

December

  • Take a break before it all starts up again in Feb/March