Fall is just around the corner and autumn is a great time for lawn and yard preparation before the winter.
And that also means some lawn and landscaping debris removal.
It's this time of year when many homeowners and renters are looking forward to a break from the mowing and watering. But wait! Before you put the lawn mower away you should know that, in most parts of the country, fall is a perfect time time to prep your lawn for winter - and the next mowing season
In the United States, for the most part, there are many lawn, yard, and landscaping tasks that are best done in the fall and winter. And for many people, probably the most important one is to make sure their lawn is still healthy and good-looking come spring.
Preparing Your Summer Lawn in the Fall
Fortunately, in most regions of the United States, there's very little outdoor upkeep to be done during the cold winter months, aside from shoveling snow perhaps. And, even if you don’t have winter snow in your neighborhood, you may still get some freezing temperatures and frost.
This is almost never a problem for your lawn, however, since most lawn grass will stay safely dormant until spring.
And if you properly prep your lawn during the last half of the fall season, it will be fine until spring arrives. This is true regardless of where you live and what types of grass your lawn has.
The Two Most Common Types of Lawn Grasses
While there is a wide variety of lawn grasses that can thrive in various parts of the United States, there are typically only two main types of grasses used in residential lawns: warm season grass and cool season grass. Which type you have usually depends on where you live.
Cool Season Grasses
The common ones are the Bluegrasses, Fescues and Ryegrasses. These grasses not only grow well in cold winter/warm summer regions, but they also tend to stay green throughout the year. In particularly dry periods, however, these grasses must be watered well or they go dormant and turn brown.
Warm Season Grasses
Bermuda grass, Zoysiagrass, Buffalo grass, and Bahia, are all warm season grasses. These are most often found in warmer climates like the south and on the west coast, and threirpeak growing season is from spring to fall. These grasses often turn brown during the winter months, but they also thrive in the hot summer heat.
Fall Season Lawn Care Tips
It may be fall, but that's when your lawn grass is absorbing energy, moisture, and nutrients to survive the winter. Giving your lawn the proper care now will result in a more lush and healthy lawn next spring.
Here are some helpful tips for optimizing your lawn care this fall:
Continue to watering and mowing your lawn through the fall months. When winter gets close, gradually lower the mower blades to the lowest setting for the last couple of mowing sessions. This allows more sunlight to reach where the roots and shoots of the grass meet, and leaves less leaf to turn brown during the winter.
You should rake to remove dead leaves from your lawn as soon as possible. Repeat as needed. Start raking once the first leaves fall and don't wait until all the leaves have come down. IF you do, they will become wet from rain and create thick mats of organic material that can suffocate your grass and promote the growth of fungal diseases. You should also remove any debris and fallen branches as often as needed.
Fall is a great time to aerate your lawn. Aerating helps oxygen, water, and fertilizer to reach the roots of your lawn grass. You can rent a gas-powered, walk-behind lawn aerator which will quickly punch holes into the soil and extract plugs of dirt. You can also hire a landscaping contractor if you have a very large yard or simply don't want to do it yourself.
Typically, the easiest way to repair bald spots in your lawn is with an all-in-one lawn repair mixture that contain a mixture of grass seed, a quick-starter lawn fertilizer, and organic mulch. New bald spots are often formed in the fall and winter and one way to avoid this is to prevent excessive foot traffic on your winter lawn, especially if your grass is brown and short.
Fall is the best time to fertilize, especially if you only do so once a year. As the weather cools the grass roots and rhizomes continue to grow quickly. Rhizomes are the horizontal plant stems that lie just beneath the soil's surface that produce the blades of grass above and the roots below. Sufficient and proper fertilizer in the fall provides the nutrients needed to help grass grow deep roots and provide additional nutrients for the spring.
Summer often brings broadleaf weeds like dandelions into your lawn. Fall is the best time to attack them. Weeds, like grass, are absorbing energy in the fall and drinking extensively, making them more vulnerable to weed killers. Applying a good herbicide in the fall prevents weeds from growing back in the spring.
What To Do With All The Waste
Once you've pulled it all together and your outdoor spaces are prepped for the winter, what do you do with the inevitable piles of leaves, grass trimmings, and other organic waste?
Here's a quick checklist to help you breeze through that chore:
Oh, and what about any old lawn furniture, landscaping features, and broken tools and equipment that needs to be gotten rid of? No need to handle it all yourself when you can hire someone else to do it for you!
Handing Off Your Yard Debris and Junk Removal
Once you decide to outsource the waste hauling part of your fall preparation projects, you need to decide which firm is the right one for the job.
And we aren't shy about saying that Junk King really is the firm of choice.
Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly waste disposal services so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of the debris after your project is complete.
Whether you need our services several times during a project or just once after it is complete, our hauling professionals will ensure that the debris is out of your way so that you can get on with the job.
Our teams specialize in both commercial and residential junk removal. We can be at your home or office in mere minutes, so call us today! Our crews are fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of your unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion.
One of the best things about hiring Junk King is that we recycle a much of the material we pick-up. This is proof of our commitment to being an eco-friendly removal service. If you have questions about what we do or what we believe, give us a call at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865)