Fall Lawn Care – Round 6
As the summer fades into fall, the air becomes colder and drier which means that lawn care practices have to be adjusted to accommodate for the changing weather and to start preparing your lawn for the winter. Granular fertilizers should be used once again in the fall to provide a steady food source and weed control applications can also be continued until later in the season. Aerations and over seeding is major part of fall lawn care as well with many benefits to your lawn that help prepare it for the winter.
Lawn aeration is the process of removing small plugs of grass and soil in a pattern over the entire lawn to create space for nutrients and water to absorb close to the root. Nutrients such as oxygen and fertilizers can penetrate below the surface and into the root system in these created spaces to help strengthen it and boost its resistance to the harsh Chicago winters. Over seeding services are typically performed along with aerations because the seeds can also easily penetrate the surface through the holes created by aerations. The moisture in the ground over the winter will help the seeds germinate faster the following spring. The other benefit from fall aerations is that it will remove the buildup of thatch from the lawn’s surface. Thatch consists of dead roots, rhizomes, and lawn clippings that build between the grass and soil and it absorbs moisture and nutrients before they can reach the root system. Having aerations performed on your lawn will remove this layer of thatch as it opens up the soil to receive more nutrients and seeds.
Green T offers fall aeration and over seeding services which includes starter fertilization application as well at no extra charge. Starter fertilizer is condensed fertilizer that is applied close to the root system in the soil. The condensed nutrients are easier for plants to absorb in the cold, wet soil conditions of the fall. By switching to more weather appropriate fertilizers and having aeration and seeding services performed on your lawn, you can help your lawn stay healthy through the fall and prepare for the upcoming winter.