September is here and the summer is coming to an end. With extreme temperatures in Texas, our soil tends to get hard and dry and weeds pop up even after treating your lawn with pre-emergent weed control. It's time to start preparing your lawn for the spring before the winter months arrive. Here are 5 tips to for caring for your lawn during the fall.
1. Weed Control
The fall is the best time to fight back against anything that has taken over your lawn. Summer weather in Texas brings in a lot of weeds and problem areas for your lawn. Crabgrass can pop up and quickly take over your yard if not combated. Lay down an herbicide to fight against the weeds and keep them from returning when spring comes.
2. Aerate Your Soil
The soil in Texas is easily compacted from the extreme heat and also sees more foot traffic during the summer months. The hardening and tightening of the soil inhibits water or oxygen to penetrate deep enough into the ground. Leaving soil compacted can create short root systems, which in turn, affects the health and look of your lawn. Core aeration is vital for your lawns health as the loosening of the soil helps with moisture retention and less water runoff.
During the fall season you’ll also want to gradually drop the height of your mower’s blade, being careful not to cut more than a third of the grass's blade height. You can also cut back on the frequency of your mowing because as the temperatures drop, the grass grows slower. This is a good time to leave the bag off your mower as the grass clippings are nitrogen-rich and will help your lawn stay healthy.
Fertilizing your lawn should be done at the minimum of once a year and fall is the optimal time to do so. Be sure to find out what type of grass your lawn is made up of so you choose the proper fertilizer to ensure the best results possible. Proper fertilization will strengthen your lawn and help it stay healthy throughout the winter months.
Texas summers put a lot of stress on your lawn and soil, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re still watering appropriately to allow your grass to repair. The best time to water is in the early morning hours. Aerating the lawn after the long summer months helps break up the soil and provide divots for the water to soak, help promote longer roots, and repair the root system.