It’s official, fall is here and that means winter is just around the corner. Getting your lawn prepared to take on the Pennsylvania winter weather will end up saving you time and money next spring. Here’s a list of the top fall lawn care tips to set your lawn up for success and get it ready for the winter ahead.
One of the most beneficial things to do for your property this fall is to clean out your gutters. The standing water that gets backed up in clogged gutters is the perfect environment for a mosquito nursery. Mosquitoes can even lay their eggs to overwinter there until next spring, when they’ll hatch and wreak havoc on you and your family. Clean out your gutters this fall so you can reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard now and next year.
Another good reason to clean out your gutters is to avoid costly repairs this winter. If the standing water in your clogged gutters freezes, then you’re at risk of having those gutters ripped away from your siding by the excess weight. Save yourself a headache and an unexpected winter expense by clearing out your gutters this fall.
Raking, the bane of every homeowner with one too many trees, is everyone’s least favorite fall lawn care chore. Unfortunately, whether you choose raking, leaf blowing, mowing and bagging, or mulching, the bottom line is: leaf removal is important and beneficial to your lawn. An excess of wet, matted, piles of leaves on your lawn can spell disaster for the grass beneath. From lawn fungus to overwintering pests, there really isn’t a benefit to leaving the leaves for later.
Cleaning up the leaves on your lawn is a fall lawn care task that you shouldn’t skip and, depending on your method, it provides your lawn with many benefits. One of the best leaf cleanup techniques is the mulching method. This method is as easy as mowing your lawn. Make sure, when you do this, that you’re only mowing the leaves when they’re dry and crunchy. The mulched leaves will break down into the soil, providing your grass with free essential nutrients it can use to prepare for the winter.
The best way to give your lawn a boost going into the winter is with lawn aeration services. Fall is actually the best time to aerate your cool-season lawn. Summer, here in Pennsylvania, can be a stressful time for our lawns. From the scorching heat and drought conditions to the consistent traffic from backyard entertaining and weekly mowing, our lawns could use a little fall restoration.
Lawn aeration is the answer to all your summer lawn woes. This helpful service relieves your lawn of soil compaction, easing the transfer of nutrients, air, and water down to the roots. Aeration encourages deeper root growth in your lawn. This strengthens your grass, preparing it for the cold winter ahead and ensuring it greens up quickly in the early spring.
Here in Pennsylvania, most of our lawns are made up of cool-season grasses. That means your grass will continue to grow up until the first hard freeze of the season. Until that first hard freeze, you will need to continue mowing your lawn. To give your lawn a healthy foundation, try to keep it mowed to a consistent height. 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.
As the weather cools down, insects and other lawn pests will be on the search for a warm place to overwinter. Don’t let that place be your home. It’s not uncommon to find large numbers of insects congregating on the side of your home, around your doors and windows. If the pests are able to find a vulnerable spot, you’ll have an infestation on your hands. Keep your eyes open for common fall pests, like:
To prevent a pest infestation, check the exterior of your home. Look for cracks in your foundation, holes in your window screens, and gaps around your doors and windows. Fix these vulnerable spots to safeguard your home against the invasion of fall pests. Investing in a pest control program is a good idea to protect your home.
Another fall lawn care task that absolutely can’t be skipped is winterizing your sprinkler system. If this service is skipped, then you run the risk of ruining your sprinkler system. If you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg replacing sprinkler heads and digging up sprinkler lines, then have your sprinkler system winterized, before it’s too late.
Fall lawn care will help create a foundation of health for your lawn while giving it a boost going into the winter. If you want to give your lawn the best shot to stay healthy throughout the year, then invest in lawn care services from us here at Delaware Valley Turf.