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4 Lawn Care Tips for Late Summer and Early Fall

4 Lawn Care Tips for Late Summer and Early Fall

Did you know that the most effective way to produce a lush, green springtime lawn is to give your yard some TLC during autumn? As the hot days of summer give way to cooler fall ones, our Chester County landscape design company recommends following these tips to get your yard in shape before winter:

  1. Continue mowing – Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn't retire your lawnmower for the year on the last day of summer, since grass keeps growing until the first frost of the season. Until then, you'll want to keep your lawn between 2 ½ and 3 inches in length. Cutting it shorter than this can hurt the root system and affect the grass's ability to withstand harsh winter temperatures. On the other hand, letting your grass grow longer than 3 inches puts it at risk of fungi.
  2. Water as needed – Although the autumn tends to bring more rain and dew than the summer, this doesn't necessarily mean you should stop watering your lawn. Our landscape designer in Chester County recommends giving your grass some extra moisture via a sprinkler system or a hose on weeks when you don't get at least an inch of rainfall. Continue doing this until the end of October to make sure your lawn is hydrated enough to survive the cold months.
  3. Get rid of leaves – Leaf piles are fun for kids to play in, but they can be detrimental to your lawn. That's because they keep grass from getting the sunlight it needs while locking in too much moisture. To avoid a damp, decaying lawn come spring, be sure to rake, blow away or chop up leaves with the lawnmower throughout fall.
  4. Take care of lawn spots and weeds – If you have brown or patchy areas on your lawn, now is the time to figure out what is causing them and fix it so these eyesores don't persist. The same goes for weeds – they're easiest to knock out in the fall because they're absorbing the most moisture and nutrients at this time, meaning they'll also eagerly suck up weed killer.

By following these steps, you'll ensure your grass will adapt to its dormant season without any trouble and set yourself up for a beautiful yard come spring.

Need Assistance with Fall Landscaping? We'd Love to Help!

In addition to completing the fall lawn care steps we've just mentioned, you may also wish to add some new shrubs or trees to your yard this autumn. Drawing on our extensive knowledge of ecology and landscape design, we at Landscaping by Gaffney can help you choose plants that work for your taste, your property and your lifestyle.

Interested in learning more about what makes us the place for landscape design Chester County residents love? Give us a call today at (610) 942-4122. And if you're thinking of adding a swimming pool to your yard this fall, check out our blog post on what to consider when planning a pool. We can't wait to offer you superior Chester County landscape design services!