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Many who treat their lawn well all summer, have little understanding of fall lawn care. If you're wondering if you should keep mowing, should you fertilize, and when you should stop watering, these are just some of the items we will take a look at in this article. A full, lush lawn not only looks exquisite, but it also produces oxygen and cools the surrounding air by up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
The cool weather of fall, give you an excellent opportunity to spend time on your lawn without working up a sweat. Also, for many kinds of grass, this is a perfect time to fertilize. Fall Lawn fertilization can be a money-maker for Kentucky bluegrass and ryegrass and Bermuda or zoysia grass, which are cool-season and warm-season grasses respectively.
What You Need to Know About Soil Health
The soil under your lawn is as important to a healthy lawn as fertilizing, watering, and seeding. Much like the foundation of your home, soil health is critical to your lawn's growth. You should test your soil to ensure the right pH and mineral balance.
You can get a soil nitrate test kit from a local hardware store for $10 - $20. You can watch this YouTube video to see how you should go about getting the sample. Then, once you have gathered your soil sample, you will need to submit it to the local county extension from this state-by-state list. How much it will cost depends on the local entity doing the testing. However, since most of these test sites are universities and colleges, the tests are not that expensive.
Fall Lawn Care
It would be best if you continued to mow your lawn until after the leaves have fallen and the grass stops growing. Using a mulching lawn mower will allow for a fine cut and allow the leaves and trimmings to decompose on your lawn.
When you stop mowing is the appropriate time winterize lawn watering equipment. If you have a sprinkler system, landscapers and some plumbers will do this for you. The price is about $85 to $100, or you could DIY.
Autumnal Lawn Fertilization
Many homeowners do not realize how essential fall lawn fertilization is to their lawn's growth in the spring and summer. Professional landscapers understand that the fertilizer seeps into the roots and surrounding soil to ensure a greener, healthier spring law because the roots increase stamina before the frost and snow.
Nitrogen fertilizing in the fall is beneficial to your lawn. Turf managers swear by it and warn against waiting until the color disappears from your lawn. Applications of late-season nitrogen are helpful in that it provides better winter color and even earlier greens in the spring. It also increases root and shoots density and growth. Plus, it enhances carbohydrate storage for energy reserves.
Pittsburgh Lawn Care
Let the professional landscapers at Pittsburgh Lawn Care give your grass the attention it needs this fall. Better and healthier soil and fall fertilizing will provide you with a thicker, brighter lawn in the spring and summer.