Pittsboro Landscape Design Expert Shares Fall Season Lawn Care Tips
With the chill in the air, and days that are gradually becoming shorter and shorter, it’s clear that fall has arrived. Fall is a special time for gardens as tree leaves turn varying shades of orange and yellow and changes are made to prepare for the coming winter.
It’s also an important time to get ahead of the changes that need to be made to prepare your lawn for the colder weather. Keep in mind that the preparation work that you do now will have a significant impact on how your lawn will recover from a long, hot summer and will ensure that it survives the cold months from November onwards.
Arbor Enterprises, a leading landscape company in Pittsboro NC, offers landscape design, landscape consulting, landscape installation and lawn care as part of their landscape and maintenance services. Founder and recognized landscape design expert, Paige Moody, shares her top lawn care tips for the fall season in North Carolina:
Rake Leaves for Optimal Lawn Health
While a blanket of brightly colored fall leaves adds to the beauty of your yard, they do have the potential to trigger and promote the growth of lawn fungus underneath all of those leaves.
Lawn fungal disease can typically be identified when brown or yellow patches appear on a lawn in rings that grow over time. It can also appear as dark, wet, or slimy areas that stunt the growth of grass in the affected area.
The leaves contribute to the development of the fungus as they form a mat that lies on top of the grass, blocking sunlight and trapping in moisture. This environment provides the perfect conditions for the fungus to thrive.
The best way to prevent lawn fungus is to regularly rake or use a leaf blower to remove leaves and other debris from your lawn which will allow your grass to breathe as well as prevent the build-up of moisture.
Mowing the Lawn to Stimulate Growth
As with fallen leaves, grass that is too long is also susceptible to lawn fungus. Conversely, grass that is too short will have the effect of stunting root growth. Often homeowners will tend to cut the grass as short as possible to minimize the frequency with which the lawn needs to be mowed.
Arbor Enterprises recommends an alternative approach. They suggest rather raising your lawnmower to the highest setting and mowing more frequently. Lawns should be mowed throughout fall until the first frost hits.
An extra bonus of regular mowing allows you to grind up leftover leaves that can be mulched into your grass using the mulch setting on your lawnmower.
Lawn Fertilization to Repair Sun-Damage Areas and Protect Grass Roots
Fall is the perfect time to fertilize your lawn. Early fall fertilization will help to repair your lawn from the harsh, drying heat of summer. This can be followed up with late fall fertilization which will prepare and protect the grass root for the coming cold of winter. The milder temperatures of fall, coupled with the benefit of longer-lasting morning dew, make it the optimal time for your lawn to effectively absorb nutrients from the fertilizer. Do not forget to water once the seed becomes saturated.
Get Ahead of the Cold by Winterizing Your Sprinkler System
If your lawn has an irrigation system, it will need to be prepared for winter conditions. This process will prevent any water from freezing in pipes which could lead to them bursting, causing costly damage to the system.
About Arbor Enterprises
Arbor Enterprises is a full-service landscape contractor established in 1991 by Paige Moody. Arbor specializes in residential landscape design, irrigation, installation, and renovation. The company has diversified adding expertise in stone retaining walls, ponds, patios, and walkways. This diversion has enabled Arbor to offer a complete package of landscape services. Arbor currently has a staff of 28 full-time employees and brings together multi-cultural talent. All supervisors have degrees and/or technical landscape training. Paige Moody has been in the horticulture business for thirty-five years. Sydnee Matheny, Office Manager, has been with Arbor for 22 years. Sandra Matheny has been our secretary for eleven years. Perry Jordan, General Manager, brings a unique set of knowledge and skills to Arbor.