Here are a few of our suggestions that we recommend to our customers throughout the south shore of Massachusetts:
1. Continue mowing
Wile you may have to water your lawn less frequently, it may still need watering as well as mowing throughout the fall. In late fall, when you only have 2-3 mowings left, drop the blade to its lowest setting. This will allow more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass and also minimize how much leaf will turn brown during the winter.
2. Fill in bare patches
Grass generally grows nicely from seed in the fall, so this is also a great time to fill in any bald spots you may have on your lawn. Some seed mixtures contains grass seed, a special quick-starter lawn fertilizer, and organic mulch. We recommend using this starter seed mix.
Prepare the soil by using a rake to remove debris and loosen the soil. Spread a layer of the starter seed mixture, compact it lightly by pressing down with your hands or the back side of a shovel, then water thoroughly. Continue to water every 2 - 3 days (depending on rain) for two weeks.
3. Fertilize to encourage growth
While you do have a few weeks, it's good to get prepared to fertilize your lawn. The best time to fertilize is in the fall, hands down. You can fertilize other times of the year as well, but do not go without fertilizing in the fall. Although the grass growth seems to slow, it actually continues to grow quickly beneath the surface. Fertilizer will provide essential nutrients for your grass roots to grow deep and strong to start healthy and lush next spring.
In mid-to-late fall apply a dry lawn fertilizer to your lawn by using a hand-held or push spreader to apply an even layer of fertilizer without missing any areas.
4. Aerate your lawn
Fall is a good time to aerate to allow water, oxygen, and fertilizer to reach the grass's roots more easily. You can rent a lawn aerator from some home improvement stores, but it may be more economical to hire a landscaper for this, especially if you have a large yard. Nice and Green Landscape can aerate your lawn for you!
5. Rake up those leaves
All of the leaves in Massachusetts will turn beautiful colors before shedding for the winter. While it's fun to jump in a pile of leaves, no one really wants to rake them up. But it's critical to remove fallen leaves as soon as possible. When you wait to rake them up, many leaves have already become sopping wet from rain and have formed a wet mat that's suffocating your grass (and can even breed fungus!).
Some lawnmowers are fitted with a bag to collect clippings and leaves which is probably easier than raking. If you don't have or want a mower like this and your not interested in raking your entire property yourself, consider hiring Nice and Green Landscape for a fall cleanup. We are currently scheduling fall cleanups for October through November.
If you have questions or would like an estimate for landscaping work at your property,
call us at 774-259-9998.