Do you want to have the best-looking lawn in the upcoming fall season? If yes, then you must prepare your lawn for the cooler season of the fall. To do that, you have to make efforts beforehand so that your beloved grass has the resilience to withstand the wetter and cooler environment. Like the drought of summer, fall poses different challenges in terms of lawn care. Below are easy steps that help your lawn stay healthy throughout the fall season.
When it comes to fall, it is crucial that you do not overwater your lawn. Similarly, it is also crucial that you do not underwater as well. If you want your lawn to be greener than your neighbor’s lawn, make sure that you do not cut the water earlier on.
Cutting the water early will force the grass to go dormant in order to protect itself. Most of the dormancy due to lack of water is also because of stress. This stress is harmful for your lawn’s root development.
Therefore, it is important that you water only once a week, and about a quarter of an inch, so that you can force the water to travel down into the roots of the grass. Water weekly allows you to analyze whether the water is indeed penetrating into the grass. You can tell about this by making sure that the grass has maintained color.
Fall Time Watering
In the fall time, the daytime and night time temperatures will begin to drop dramatically. This means that there the evaporation rate will also simultaneously fall. Hence, you no longer have to water the grass with the same capacity as the summers. As a general rule of thumb, you also do not want the soil to dry out completely. Keep in mind that watering levels are also dependent on soil types and lawns. Therefore, there is no possible way to determine a universal watering routine.
Thus, to judge your lawns water capacity, you need to get a soil probing tool and insert it into the grass and judge the penetration of the water inside the lawn. If your plug is about six to eight inches of moderately wet grass, then you are good to go.
Lowering Grass Height
Even though you may be one of the people that like having long grass for the cool season, however, preparing your lawn for the fall season also involves lowering the height of the grass. This is crucial as it prevents fungal growth problems of the winters such as snow mold.
As you can see, taking small considerations can help your lawn blossom into the greenest and freshest looks even throughout the snowy winter seasons. Therefore, careful consideration, inspection, and watering considerations over the pre-fall period are essential.