Fall means lots of things: sweaters (well maybe not this second), apple picking and yard work! It’s time to get your lawn and garden in order so it’s ready for spring blooms in a few months. An action plan to get you started.
- Aerate. Soil get’s compacted and the process of aerating your lawn opens it up allowing essential nutrients to better penetrate the roots of grass.
- Fertilize: In the fall, 75 percent of a lawn’s growth is in roots. So you’ll need a high phosphorus fertilizer to promote strong root growth.
- Mow: Disease and fungus like the top part of blade so for your final mow, bring your mower blade down to 1.5 – 2 inches to reduce the chance of fungus.
- Rake: Leaves deprive grass of the sun, air, water, and nutrients, and allows your lawn to become a breeding ground for fungi and insects.
- Plant bulbs. Now is the time to get those bulbs in the ground for spring blooms! Daffodil bulbs are a foolproof bet because they are immune to bugs and deer. Plant bulbs in the ground about 2.5 to 3 times depth of the bulb and cover with soil.