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5 Fall Steps To A Beautiful Lawn

by Miguel Mori
5 Fall Steps To A Beautiful Lawn

Start the new year with a healthy and beautiful lawn by following the 5 steps to fall lawn care. 

For more information regarding lawn, plant and container care, visit our advice page. 

Step 1 : Dethatching Your Lawn 

Thatch is a thin layer that accumulates at the base of your lawn made up of decomposing grass blades. If organisms are not active due to chemical fertilizer use with high nitrogen levels (first number on fertilizers), high acidic soil levels or over-watering, you may end up with a build up of thatch due to the inability to be broken down. This can cause mold and prevent water and nutrients from reaching your lawn.   

You will want an optimal amount of thatch in your lawn, approximately half an inch. Additional thatch can be removed with a dethatching rake or metal fan rake. A thin layer of thatch does protect your lawn, shades the soil and retains moisture, so avoid removing too much thatch. 

For more information watch the above video.

Step 2: Aerating Your Lawn 

An important task for dry and clay areas. Removing soil cores from your grass areas allows water to penetrate your lawn, allows oxygen to reach the roots and will assist in breaking apart clay, improving soil conditions. 

After aeration in heavy clay areas, add a layer of top soil to improve soil quality. After the next few rain falls, cores will dissolve naturally.  

For more information watch the above video.

Step 3: Overseed Your Lawn 

To create a healthy and thicker lawn, overseeding is an important step in mid-fall when seeds can germinate. Empty patches allow room for weeds to fill in the gaps, a thick lawn is a great defense for weeds. 

1. Cut lawn to be shorter blades and give a nice fan raking.
2. Add a light layer of top soil and rake out finely and evenly.
3. Spread grass over lawn and in patch areas.
4. To avoid birds from eating seed, spread another fine layer of topsoil over top of seeds. 
5. Grass seed will germinate within 10-14 days with frequent watering.
6. If seeds do not germinate before freeze, they will activate in the spring. 

For more information watch the above video.

Step 4: Fertilizing Your Lawn 

Promote root growth in your lawn with a step 3/level 3/ fall lawn fertilizer that promotes potassium and phosphorus (the last 2 numbers on a fertilizer) and apply in late October to early November.  

For more information watch the above video.

Step 5: Cleaning Up Your Lawn 

Clean up leaf piles and plant debris to avoid mold, allowing sun and water to reach your grass. 

If you have questions contact our Mori Gardens team. We're here to assist in your garden needs from Dream to Enjoyment.

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