As the weather gets a bit colder and more bearable, the needs of your lawn and landscaping are going to change. In fact, the time you spend on your knees in the dirt is going to slowly decrease, until your gardening is done until spring. To make your spring more successful, here are a few things you should do to prep your lawn this fall.
Keep cutting your grass until it stops growing
Even if it’s cold outside, if your grass is still growing, you should be cutting the lawn. If some blades of grass get too long, they’ll cast a shadow on the surrounding blades of grass, stunting the growth of grass around them. This will result in an uneven lawn and potentially dead grass once everything starts growing back in the spring.
Test your soil
The health and ph levels of your soil are so important to the future of your lawn. It’s a simple test to do, but will save you so much as you take care of your lawn in the future.
Once any deficiencies in your soil are resolved, it’s time to reseed your lawn. In the fall? Yes. There are probably a few parts of your lawn that are dying or needing a bit of love, whether it’s because of the summer heat, or foot traffic, or your neighbors terrier. Reseeding your lawn will give the grass a chance to root before it stops growing, and then everything will grow back evenly once the ground thaws in the spring.
Add a few inches of mulch to your flower beds, and around trees and shrubs. You don’t want the mulch to be too thick, as it’s a breeding ground for insects and pests, as well as it can potentially make it hard for water to get through to the roots. You can buy mulch(make sure it’s organic!) or you can even make your own. Luckily, it’s easy to do during the fall. Gather up a pile of fallen leaves, and run your lawn mower over them a few times to get them cut up. Tada, you have mulch.
Water your evergreens
The great things about evergreens is that they’re a versatile year round plant. Make sure you are watering them sufficiently this fall, until the ground freezes. You should be watering them into October or November. As long as they are watered sufficiently, they’ll continue to be beautiful through the winter.