Little Rock Lawn Care | How to Prep Your Lawn for FallSeptember 19, 2019
Lawn care is a chore than many people focus on during the spring and summertime, but if you want your lawn to look beautiful during those months, you need to prepare for it during the colder months ahead.
Here are five ways you can prepare your lawn for fall so that it will be healthy all year long:
Feed the Grass
If you want your lawn to be the envy of your neighborhood, fertilize your grass in the fall. Ideally, you should fertilize four times a year, but if you only do it once, fertilize in the fall. For this time of year, choose a fertilizer formulation that is labeled 4-1-2 (which tells you the percentages of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in the fertilizer). Be sure to start applying fertilizer to your lawn about a month before you stop mowing for the season to allow the grass to absorb all of those nutrients before it goes dormant.
Enrich the Soil
Instead of raking up all of those leaves and putting them in a bag, you should use the leaves to help enrich your soil this season. Gather up the fallen leaves in your yard, shred them, and spread a 2”-4” layer of them across your yard. This will provide a natural compost that enriches your soil over the course of the winter months. You can also gather and spread grass clippings to add to this soil enrichment.
If you want tulips, daffodils, or other bulbs in your yard, the best time of the year to plant them is when the weather is cool, but not cold. The best way to incorporate these into your yard is to loosen the soil before planting and fertilize to provide these plants with the nutrients they need. In Little Rock, you should plant these bulbs in October or early November before the weather gets cold enough to freeze the bulbs.
This fall, think ahead and prevent weeds before they even become a problem. Apply a weed prevention spray or granule to your yard because it is most effective when the soil is moist and the air temperature is moderate. You would be surprised at how a little effort now can make a huge difference in your weed control next spring!
During the hottest months of the year, you should set your mower blade to a high setting to keep the grass long. Yet, when the weather starts to cool off, you should switch gears and start cutting your grass a little shorter. Mowing your grass short when it is about to become dormant will lessen the chance of snow mold forming and the dormant blades will not lie down and smother any new grass that grows next spring.