Mendham Garden Center
Route 24, Mendham, NJ

Preparing Your Lawn for The Fall Season | Fertilize Weed and Seed

Late Summer into early Fall is an excellent time to fertilize, apply weed treatments, and seed to ensure a healthy and lush lawn in the following spring. Here are some essential tips to help you prepare your lawn for the cooler months ahead.

1. Rake and Remove Debris:

Start by raking up fallen leaves, twigs, and other debris from your lawn. A thick layer of leaves can suffocate your grass and promote disease and pests. Consider composting the leaves or using them for mulch in your garden beds.

2. Aerate the Soil:

Fall is the perfect time to aerate your lawn. Aerating helps loosen compacted soil, allowing air, water, and nutrients to reach the grassroots. Renting a core aerator or hiring a professional can ensure thorough and effective aeration.

3. Overseed Bare Spots:

Take the opportunity to overseed any bare or thin areas in your lawn. Fall’s cooler temperatures and increased moisture create an ideal environment for seed germination. Select a quality grass seed that suits your lawn type and follow proper seeding techniques.

4. Fertilize:

Apply a slow-release, high-quality fertilizer to provide your lawn with the necessary nutrients for winter survival and spring growth. Look for a fertilizer with a higher ratio of nitrogen as this encourages strong root development.

5. Mow Properly:

Adjust your mower to a slightly lower setting as the season progresses. However, be cautious not to scalp the lawn, as this can leave it vulnerable to winter damage. Gradually reduce the mowing height to promote healthier growth.

6. Water Wisely:

Fall temperatures are cooler with less intense sunlight and more morning dew. Proper watering will encourage deeper root growth. Adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

7. Control Weeds:

Late summer just prior to Fall is an opportune time to control perennial weeds like dandelions and clover. Apply a selective herbicide to eliminate them effectively. Be sure to read and follow the instructions carefully.

Wrapping Up Summer 2023 | Fertilize weed and seed

By following these tips, you can ensure that your lawn remains healthy and well-prepared for the fall and winter seasons. Taking the time to care for your lawn now will reward you with a lush and vibrant yard come springtime. So, grab your gardening tools, put on your gardening gloves, and get ready to transform your lawn into a stunning fall oasis. Contact us today for any questions you may have!