October is in the air! Pumpkin-flavored beverages, corn mazes, and hayrides, football Fridays, bonfires, and cider mills. But one thing that is probably not on your mind? Lawn care. The temperatures are still mild, but the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. When this occurs, many of us think our lawn care duties have ended. But in reality, fall is just the beginning. Now is the perfect time to focus on lawn care, and we’ve listed all of the tasks and chores you should include when it comes to thinking about your fall maintenance plan.
Here in Texas, we mostly have warm-season grasses including, Bermuda, St. Augustine, and Zoysia. Warm-season grasses thrive here in our warmer climates and typically do not become dormant until after the first frost. You will want to continue mowing your grass throughout the fall until the temperatures have consistently fallen below 50 degrees at night. To give your lawn a healthy foundation, try to keep it mowed to a consistent height. The basic recommendation for warm-season grasses is between one and three inches, but final cuts should be made slightly lower than normal. Mowing your lawn will also help keep your leaf litter to a minimum. Remember to only mow over your leaves when they’re dry and crunchy. You’ll be creating a nutritious mulch to give back to your lawn.
Give your ornamental landscapes, beds, and gardens an added layer of warmth this fall or replenish the mulch you already have down. Mulching along the base of trees and decorative beds can help insulate your plantings from the cold during the winter.
When it comes to fallen leaves, it is best to remove them within four days from warm-season grasses. A thick blanket of leaves will block the sunlight your grass continues to need throughout these next few months. Piles of wet leaves can lead to mold growth and promote the growth of fungus.
During the summer, our trees, shrubs, and plantings can get out of control. Fall is the perfect time to cut back any branches or limbs close to the house, that are dead or overgrown. Removing dead, dying, or diseased branches helps to prevent the spread of disease to other healthy parts of the tree. It also helps to create space, allowing for the sun and oxygen to penetrate deeper parts of the tree.
Many trees including the oak tree should not be trimmed between February and April or what is typically the dormant season. This is because doing so can cause serious life-threatening diseases such as Oak Wilt. Be sure to trim your trees now while the temperatures are still ripe for doing so.
After a summer of excessive use and high traffic, your soil has probably become compacted. This occurs when the pores of your soil are too close together and prevent water, air, and essential nutrients from getting down into the roots. It can be caused by many factors, including foot traffic, construction, and clay soil. Aeration is the process of pulling plugs out from your lawn and redistributing soil across the turf. Doing this creates a way for the water, oxygen, and essential nutrients to reach your roots.
Of course, these are just some of the lawn care techniques you should perform in the fall. Lawn care is hard work. There are many aspects to consider, including what type of grass you have, weed control, pest control, and disease. Leave the work up to the experts at Gro Lawn. We can take care of all your lawn care needs. Check out the services we provide, give us a call at 817-447-7711 or contact us online now. For more tips and ideas on how to take care of your lawn, visit our blog page. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out our Youtube channel!