Fall Lawn Care
Fall is the perfect time for lawn care. Cool fall temperatures slow growth and moist soil encourages root development. Put in a little yard work now for an extra healthy lawn in the spring.
Lawn Care and Maintenance in the Fall
Follow these steps using tools from A to Z RentAll.
- Dethatch and aerate your lawn
- Reseed your lawn
- Feed your lawn
- Quench your lawn
- Clean your lawn
- Cut your lawn
Dethatch and Aerate Your Lawn
Over the summer, increased foot traffic, which compacts soil, and the development of thatch decrease oxygen supply to your lawn’s roots. Give your lawn some much-needed air. Detach to remove the suffocating layer of dead stems and roots, especially if the thatch is more than a half inch thick.
Then aerate to loosen the soil and air out the lawn. – keep holes 2 to 3 inches apart and a couple inches deep. Not only will your lawn get air more easily, but also more water and fertilizer. Afterwards, leave the soil plugs to break down and add nutrients during the winter.
Reseed Your Lawn
After dethatching and aerating, your lawn may appear worn. Take time to level the ground and reseed while the lawn is opened up. In fact, fall is a great time to seed your lawn, since grass will have time to establish roots before winter. If needed, use a lawn roller to place sod.
Feed and Quench Your Lawn
Fall fertilizing is the perfect way to replenish your lawn after the summer, as well as prevent disease. Grass roots continue growing until the ground reaches temperatures around 40 degrees. Fertilizer will encourage fall grass growth, resulting in a greener spring. Fertilize before the first frost, and consider using a half-strength fertilizer after dethatching and aerating.
Your lawn also needs to be watered in the fall. Just because it’s cooler out, doesn’t mean your grass isn’t thirsty. Water early in the day to prevent evaporation.
Clean and Cut Your Lawn
Remove leaves from your yard, so your lawn doesn’t suffocate. Leaf removal is also a great way to create compost. Once the leaves are gone, cut your lawn one last time for the season. Mow low – 1 or 2 inches – to prevent matting and disease.
Tools and Equipment for This Project
- Dethatcher: easily dethatch your lawn with a 5 horsepower engine and an 18 inch combing width
- Ride-on Aerator: core 2 acres in an hour with this riding aerator that has a depth of 5 inches and a width of 30 inches
- Self-propelled Overseeder: prep, seed and water with this overseeder, which has an optional chariot ride-on capability
- Push Spreader: spread fertilizer evenly to make sure your lawn is healthy
- Back Pack Gas Blower: simply blow the leaves away with an air velocity of 170 mph
- Tall Grass, Rough Terrain Mower: with 4 speeds and reverse capabilities, tackle tall grass, weeds and brush