When summer is over, it’s time to restore a beautiful, well-manicured lawn. How to achieve this will depend on what your lawn is like, whether it is designed for cold or warm climates. You may not be sure what type of lawn you have, but either way there are some tips that will help you get your lawn in good condition.

Cool vs. warm weather lawn

Cool weather grasses are so named because they thrive in the cool weather usually associated with spring and fall. In contrast, warm weather lawns grow more actively when the weather is warm, such as summer.

Either way, below we are going to explain some tips to keep in mind so that this way you know how to have a beautiful lawn in the fall that will last you well throughout the year.

Correct the pH

If your lawn is not growing well, you will need to have the soil analyzed by a specialized laboratory. Corrections made in the fall will help promote a lusher lawn in the spring. If the soil test shows a need to reduce acidity, you will need to add lime to the soil. If alkalinity needs to be reduced, then you’ll need to toss in sulfur.

Control weeds

Weeds continue to plague cool- and warm-weather lawns in the fall, so apply a weed control product. Avoid newly seeded areas of cool-weather turf and use targeted spot treatments on more resistant weeds.

Rake the lawn

If you have a cool-weather lawn, you need to rake the lawn with a rake, brush cutter or power mower. If you have organic matter this can prevent proper movement of water and nutrients.

In severe cases of soil compaction, you may need to employ a technique known as core aeration. This creates openings in the soil, allowing air, water and nutrients to enter. Warm-season lawns should not be loosened or aerated in the fall. Instead, save that task for spring or early summer, when the grass is growing.

Water your lawn

Don’t think that just because it starts to get cold you don’t have to water your lawn. The risk is important in the fall, too, and you need to make sure it has the water it needs. You will only stop watering if the ground freezes when it is very cold because the ice causes the grass to stay in a state of “limbo”. In any case, you have to water except in the case mentioned above.

Warm season grasses only need to be watered while the grass is growing. When it stops growing, the grass may depend on rain for its watering needs. However, if you seed them for the winter, you should maintain a regular watering schedule.

Fertilize the soil

You need to fertilize the soil of your lawn. If you don’t know how to do this contact a gardening professional for advice depending on the type of soil you have. You will need to avoid fertilizing warm weather turf in the fall as it undergoes a hardening process during this time of year to prepare it for winter. Fertilizing warm-weather grasses in the fall can interfere with the hardening off process.

Reseeding the grass

Reseed the grass taking into account the season of the year you are seeding it. Choose those seeds that when grown will allow you to enjoy a beautiful lawn when the good weather arrives. You should order annual seeds so that you will have a lawn that you can take care of more easily. If necessary reseed only those patches that are uncovered.

Mow your lawn

If you have warm weather lawns, you will need to raise the mower height a little. Cool season lawns do not need an adjustment in mowing height. If you don’t know what height to set the mower to, ask a professional landscaper for advice depending on the type of lawn you have in your home. This way you can find the right and desired height for your lawn.

Depending on the type of lawn, you may need more frequent mowing or less frequent mowing, depending on the grass you have and the type of growth you have. There are mulching mowers that can help you release nutrients as you mow. Plus, it will also be easier to use because the clippings will be finely shredded.

Clean the leaves

Both warm- and cool-season grasses benefit from leaf control, as mats of fallen leaves can damage the health of your lawn. Cut and shred small amounts of leaves, or rake leaves if there is a larger amount.

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