Lawn Maintenance Tips
June 24, 2013
Fall is one of the most crucial times for lawn care; you're preparing your lawn for the unpredictability of winter weather (depending on where you live) by making sure that it is properly fertilized and protected from the elements. Lawn maintenance is serious business. If you don't align yourself with experts who truly understand what's involved in the proper care of your landscape, you could be doing further damage to your lawn.
take care of your lawn this fall
There are some basic things you can do to consistently keep up with your lawn maintenance. These steps are even more valuable in the fall, as you and your lawn prepare to withstand the winter chill.
- Mowing your lawn. Of course, mowing your lawn is an essential part of lawn maintenance during fall, just as with any other time of year. It not only keeps everything looking neat and manicured, but it also helps keep your lawn healthy and free of weeds and lawn damaging insects. As a general rule, never mow more than one-third off the grass height. This keeps your lawn evenly trimmed and at the same height all year long.
- Watering your turf. Mowing your lawn in the fall is not needed as often as in the summer, when rain and frequent watering helps grass thrive. However, watering your lawn is a different subject altogether. Although it's true that temperatures start getting a bit lower in the fall depending on where you are, and grass growth slows a bit, water helps it to sustain growth throughout. Be sure to avoid overwatering, though; more than one inch or 1-2 hours of irrigation up to once or twice a week may cause excessive top growth. Other factors, such as soil conditions and weather can help you determine how often you should water.
- Raking leaves and dethatching. Raking and removing the thick, accumulated layer of plant debris regularly can be extremely helpful, especially early in the fall. This will allow your lawn to breathe, and removes excess organic debris that could restrict water and airflow. Be careful not to rake too harshly, to avoid removing healthy parts of your lawn along with the junk.
While these are all things you can do on your own, you might prefer to hire someone to take care of these, and a company that offers lawn maintenance services that go beyond such tasks. After all, lawn maintenance in the fall is more than just raking, mowing and watering; it also entails fertilizing, core aerating, weeding, pest control and tree and shrub protection—all things that should be left to the experts who know how to do it correctly.
TruGreen®: your fall lawn maintenance service provider
TruGreen® knows how important it is to keep up with your lawn. They know that you can handle the mowing and watering, but when it comes time for lawn maintenance that involves science-based solutions, they have the solutions you need. TruGreen offers a host of lawn maintenance services that can be tailored to meet the individual needs of your lawn. These services include:
- Lawn Aeration – Removes plugs to relieve compact soil and increase the flow of air, water and nutrients deeper into the roots.
- Fertilization – A slow-release formula is applied at key points in every season to stimulate and maintain growth throughout the year.
- Pest control – Fight a variety of troublesome lawn damaging insects like ants, spiders, earwigs, fleas and ticks year-round.
- Preemergent and targeted weed control – Helps manage the spread of various weeds as they pop up throughout the year.
When you sign up for a TruGreen lawn plan, a PhD-certified specialist will perform a Healthy Lawn Analysis® to determine exactly what your lawn needs and then will further tailor a plan to help you achieve a lawn you’ll love. And you can rest easy knowing that TruGreen’s lawn maintenance services are covered by the Healthy Lawn Guarantee®, which ensures your complete satisfaction. Visit TruGreen.com or call 866.688.6722 today for more information about all of their lawn maintenance services.