Most people seem to think fall landscaping is all about the cleanup; removal of leaves and debris that start falling. While a thorough fall cleanup is important in late fall, we at Gardenin' Angels have always felt that autumn is the most opportune time to plant and care for your lawn and garden. The soil and ground temperature is perfect for planting and transplanting and the New England weather is pleasant to work in. There's also typically good rainfall and robust root activity of your plants and shrubs in fall.
We love this article "Get Ready for Fall Planting" from This Old House because it has great advice on fall care for your lawn, trees and shrubs, annuals and perennials and leaves. Check it out HERE.
It doesn't feel like fall weather in Massachusetts just yet, but it is nearly here. Fall is probably the best time for landscaping your property. Whether you're adding new plantings, transplanting old ones or treating your lawn, fall provides comfortable temperatures for you to work outdoors as well as the perfect temperature of ground soil to work with your plants, flowers and turf.
As far as lawn care in the fall, it's an ideal time to apply a balanced granular fertilizer that will help your lawn recover from summer stress. If you'r lawn has become dry or even changed from green to a more yellow or brown color, fertilizer and more frequent watering can help. After applying fertilizer, your lawn color will improve within 1-2 weeks with adequate watering or rainfall. This will bring back the vibrant green turf that may have waned with the summer heat.
It's also a good time to spot treat any broadleaf weeds that may be present. If you do this, you'll notice weeds will curl up within 2-4 days and slowly decline.
After applying fertilizer and weed treatment, avoid mowing the following days and avoid watering for 2-4 hours if weeds are present. Water your lawn within 7 days if it doesn't rain to help the fertilizer penetrate your grass.
Early fall lawn care suggestions:
Your lawn should be mowed frequently enough so that only 1/3 of the leaf blade is being cut off at one time. Overcutting your grass will hinder it's growth.
You should continue watering regularly for all sunny lawns. Frequency and quantity of watering needed will depend on rainfall frequency and your lawn’s grass types and soil composition.
If you have bare spots on your lawn, or even a large area of your property that you now want to add turf to, early fall is a great time to do so. This is because the ground temperature and climate are ideal. Read our previous blog on how to do this HERE.
If you have any questions or concerns about your lawn, call Gardenin' Angels at 774 284 1171.
Rodrigo Dos Anjos