Fall is the time to prepare your home and landscaping for winter and clean up the leaves and debris of the season. How can you properly care for your plants and lawn during the fall?
Lawn Care During the Fall
When it comes to watering your lawn, the most important thing is ensuring that you are using the right watering technique. Most homes in the Maryland, D.C., and Virginia area will not need to water their lawns as much in the fall as they did during the spring and summer. Over-watering your lawn during the fall can actually harm more than help, as the root system will be completely saturated. If you use sprinklers for your lawn care, set them to water in the early morning twice a week for about 20 minutes. If you hand water your lawn, try to follow the same timing.
Mowing Your Lawn During the Fall
Make sure that you have a sharp blade on your lawnmower before you get started. Blades should be sharpened at least twice a year to ensure that grass is cut cleanly and evenly across your lawn. Having the right tools in the right condition is essential to good fall lawn care. Sharp lawnmower blades are especially important in the fall, as grass is typically damper and the air is more humid.
Fertilizing Your Fall Lawn
While watering your lawn is important, fertilization is crucial for strengthening your lawn and ensuring that it lasts beautifully through the months ahead. Fertilize your lawn during the fall, especially in Maryland, so that when it goes dormant for the winter months and is buried underneath snow it is hardy enough to come back strong. Make sure that you read the label on any products that you choose to use to make sure that they are appropriate for your area, for your lawn, for your garden, and for your requirements. If you don’t pay attention, you could use something that isn’t safe for your lawn (or effective for your landscaping goals).
Call in the Professionals for Your Fall Lawn Care
Evergreen Gene’s offers professional landscaping and maintenance services throughout the state of Maryland. We are here to make sure that your residential or commercial gardens and grounds look as beautiful as possible year-round. Interested in how we can help your garden look its best? Give us a call at (410) 766-6877 or visit us online. To see examples of our work and get more helpful gardening tips, follow us on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Houzz, and Twitter.