If you’re like most homeowners, you forget that lawn care happens right up until winter sets in. While most homeowners forget to tend their yard after the summer ends, taking care of your grass in the fall is essential to keep it healthy and growing strong the following spring. Magnolia Lawn Inc. has advice for everyone looking to take care of their lawn all fall. Read on for lawn care tips and let us know how they work for you!

Aerate

If you only aerate once or twice a year, the fall is one of the best times to do so. Letting oxygen into the roots of your lawn is especially important before it gets covered with frost and snow for the winter. Also make sure to continue mowing your lawn throughout the fall, even though the grass may grow more slowly than during the summer.

Rake Up Those Fall Leaves

They may be colorful and crunchy when they first fall, but leaves on your lawn can be a recipe for disaster. If they’re there for more than a few days, rain and dew will cause them to stick together on your grass. The moisture will get trapped under them, and not only will your grass die from lack of sun, it will start to rot and funguses can form. The longer you wait, the more effort it will take to get rid of that mat of leaves; and if it snows before you can, you’ll be left dealing with them in the spring.


Fertilize

Fall is definitely the best time to fertilize because it delivers essential nutrients to the grass roots that will keep them healthy as they stay dormant for winter, along with providing them a boost in the spring. Use a dry lawn fertilizer, and make sure to spread it evenly over all the grass. If you really want to make sure everything is getting the same amount of nutrients, use a walk-behind drop spreader and make sure to get all the corners and edges.

Take Out Weeds

If you’ve been fighting weeds all summer, now is the time to kick them out and make sure they won’t return in the spring. Find a day towards the end of the autumn and apply weedkiller. Make sure it’s above 60 degrees F, and the combination of drinking in the sunlight that day and then going all winter long without any nutrition will make sure those weeds disappear for good.