Fall is in full swing and the leaves are falling with a beauty only a Canadian autumn can bring. We’ve even had snow already! If that isn’t a sign that you should kick your fall lawn care routine into high gear…With the change of seasons you must also change how you care for your lawn. Gearing up for winter months there are certain things you can do to ensure your lawn has a great head start for the upcoming spring. Even if you don’t have a huge yard, you can still take steps to give your lawn the best care possible to look great all through the fall and to thrive in the springtime. Here’s how:
#1 Rake the Leaves
If you have a small yard, this should be an easy process. Raking the leaves allows the grass below to breathe. If you don’t rake the leaves they will get heavy with rain water and morning dew and eventually start to grow different funguses of their own, which will suffocate your lawn and make it difficult to revive in the spring. Start raking your leaves as they fall and don’t allow them to hurt the lawn underneath. A nicely raked yard is also very attractive for curb appeal. Plus, those ten or fifteen minutes spent raking is a great way to enjoy some of that fresh fall air!
#2 Fertilize the Lawn
Fertilization of your yard is not something that needs to be done many times a year. Often only one good dump of fertilizer is all that is required and the best time to do it is in the fall! Your lawn will eat up the nutrients and produce luscious green grass for you next year. Be sure to evenly spread the fertilizer to all parts of your lawn for optimal results. Fertilizers come in different formulations with precise ratios of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous. Speak with an expert at your local garden centre for a recommendation.
#3 Take Care of Weeds
Even though you may have been doing this all season, don’t let the colder weather deter you from continually weeding your yard. If weeds are given the chance to settle their roots over the winter season, you bet they will be back with a vengeance in the spring. Don’t worry, you get a break from weeding when the winter comes and snow covers your lawn. Other than that, weeding can be a full-time job if you want a nice lawn.
Fall is such a gorgeous time of year with nature already providing us with a beautiful backdrop. Enhance the natural beauty with different potted mum plants around the front of your house and keep your yard clean and free of debris. You will be proud to say you are the owner of the beautiful townhouse with the perfectly landscaped yard!