Why A Fall Lawn Care Plan Is So Important

This time of year, you’re probably thinking more about curling up with a hot cup of apple cider on a cool fall night than you are about your lawn. But a fall lawn care plan is critical if you want your lawn to thrive come spring. 

Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fine fescue are commonly used in Michigan for home lawns and are known as “cool-season” grasses. These grasses look very nice in spring and early summer. That’s why it’s ironic that fall is such a great time to provide your turf with the things it needs to stay healthy.

So, let’s take a look at a few fall lawn care tips that you can use before your grass is buried under fallen leaves. 

Make Sure Your Lawn Is Fertilized

Contrary to popular belief, fall in Michigan runs mainly from September through October. And it is the best time to prep your yard for the following season. Applying fertilizer during this time proves to be most effective. That’s because grass and plants are already starting to store their food and energy for the winter. It will ensure a healthy lawn in the spring.fall lawn care

And keep this in mind. Fallen leaves are actually a great fertilizer. If you use a mulching mower to chop them down into tiny particles, they’ll decompose and provide your lawn with nutrients. In fact, most tree leaves are around 2% nitrogen. So, by mulching your tree leaves into your lawn, you are essentially getting a free fertilizer application of nitrogen.

Weed Control

Fall is the ideal time because the weeds are storing carbohydrates in their root system and are more susceptible to herbicide applications. So if your turf has been overtaken by a bevy of broadleaf weeds, applying a herbicide in late September or early October will make a difference in what you battle next year.fall lawn care

And keep this in mind, weeds can disperse thousands of seeds over a wide area in the fall. If you have any weeds in your yard then you have a whole new generation of weeds just waiting for spring to come back. That’s why it’s important to stay out in front of it by applying a pre-emergent weed killer to prevent weeds from invading your turf.

Core Aeration And Overseeding

Aeration reduces soil compaction and allows for vital nutrients and applications to reach your lawn’s roots. A core aerator is a machine with hollow tines that mechanically removes plugs or “cores” of soil and thatch from a lawn.  The “cores” act as a channel through which oxygen, water, and nutrients can penetrate the soil.fall lawn care

If grassroots cannot grow deep, your turf will be less hearty. This can result in grass that is highly susceptible to drought.

In Michigan, early fall is the best time to overseed your lawn. That’s because soil temperatures are still warm, which is necessary for optimum seed germination.  Cooler air temperatures are better for grass growth. There are also fewer weeds for the grass to compete with at this time of the year. With adequate sunlight, rainwater and fertilizer, you can expect the new grass seedlings to be well-established before the cooler fall weather arrives.

Let Lush Lawn Help

Our fall lawn care program provides a comprehensive 7-step package. It takes care of everything from fertilizing to aeration, winterizing, and much more. It’s designed to restore and build up your turf at the same time. If you’d like to learn more about how our program works, contact us today.

Why You Should Be Overseeding Lawn In Fall

There are many benefits to overseeding your lawn, especially in the fall. After the long, hot summer and all of the foot traffic your lawn endured from those backyard barbecues and pool parties, your turf may need a pick-me-up. If you overseed your lawn, you’ll be doing just that.

So, let’s take a closer look at this important part of your lawn care regimen.

What Is Overseeding?

Overseeding is planting grass seed directly over your existing lawn after core aeration. The aeration holes create more room for new seeds to get under your grass blades and increase the chance for seed germination.

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You may also need to dethatch your existing lawn so the seed and soil can make better contact. This will result in new grass and better root growth for your already existing lawn. 

The Benefits Of Overseeding Lawn In Fall

Fill in Bare Spots

overseed-lawn-in-fallOverseeding will help fill in any thin areas that are smaller than the size of a basketball. Larger areas will require a more detailed approach (actual seeding). 

Incorporate New Grass Into Existing Turf

Overseeding is also the best way to incorporate improved turf types into your lawn. At Lush Lawn, we’ve selected a blend of grass that includes perennial ryegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, and tall fescue.  This combination can typically improve the color of lawns in Michigan, as well as improve drought and insect resistance.  This blend works well in both full sun and partial shade environments.

Improves The Density Of Your Turf

overseed-lawn-in-fallOverseeding helps maintain the long-term health and vibrancy of your lawn area. Also, it saves you from the effort of removing weeds! If there are no thin or bare spots, then weeds can’t make their way through. This strengthens your lawn and thickens the grass. It increases the insect resistance ability of the lawn.

What is Slit Seeding?

If you’re putting in a new lawn or rehabbing a yard that is out of control, one of the most effective ways to guarantee a lush, green lawn is through slit seeding.

overseeding-lawn-in-fallAs the name suggests, slit seeding is done with a machine by cutting the ground and putting slits in it. The slit seeding machine is called a slit seeder. As the slit seeder goes along slicing the ground, it drops seeds in the slice it has created.

Lush Lawn’s slit seeding machines have discs that slice the ground, drop the seeds directly into and cover them back up.

The Time To Overseed Your Lawn Is Now

In Michigan, early fall is the best time to overseed — typically between Sept. 1 and Oct. 15. That’s because soil temperatures are still warm, which is necessary for optimum seed germination, and cooler air temperatures are better for grass growth. There are also fewer weeds for the grass to compete with at this time of the year. 

Although mid-August through September is the ideal time to repair or seed your lawn, if the weather is favorable, it may be possible to seed into early October. 

Lush Lawn’s seeding services can help breathe new life into your tired, worn-out lawn. In addition to our overseeding program options, we offer a Fall Lawn Care and Restoration program that’s designed to build up your grass, so it will come back stronger than ever next spring.

Don’t wait. Give your lawn the care it deserves. Contact us today.