Four Tips For Fall Lawn Care In New England

With September in full swing, it’s time to take advantage of the cooler temperatures to go out there and take care of your yard. At Viking Tree and Landscaping, we make a few adjustments to our normal client care routines and you can do the same thing to help your yard thrive into the winter and come back healthier next year.

How short should you cut your grass?

How short should you cut your grass?

Adjust Your Mowing Height

In the summer, the team at Viking raises the height of the mowers we use to help reduce the amount of heat stress our clients’ lawns experience. Come the fall, though, we recommend returning the mower deck to its springtime height, usually around two inches. When you cut your lawn a bit shorter, you prevent the grass from getting matted under fallen leaves. Just make sure you don’t cut it too short — that’ll let weeds work their way into your grass.

Don’t Be Afraid To Overseed
In New England, it’s a good idea to go a bit heavy with your seeding on a thin lawn or one with large dead areas. Cut down your grass by an extra 1/2 inch and then sow ryegrass seed over where you’ve mowed. Our team usually makes two passes with our seeders at right angles to one another to ensure covering. To help the thinner areas grow more quickly, start with frequent light sprinklings and increase the interval between waterings to help your roots grow deeper.

Repair The Dead Spots
If your lawn is thick and lush but has a few dead patches, autumn is the perfect time to attack them. Seeding these spots in the fall means that you’ll reduce the chance of weeds springing up and your seedlings have a chance to become established before hot weather comes around. If you have a few spots, look at a mulch product that’s embedded with seeds and fertilizer and follow the same basic watering instructions as overseeding.

Aerate Your Cool-Season Grasses
When you aerate your lawn, you actually do three things that help it grow better. You reduce the amount of thatch (dead organic matter in your top layer of soil); improve drainage and you loosen the soil, giving your grass’s roots a chance to spread and go deeper. We recommend using the same time of aerator that our team does: one that actually pulls plugs of soil out from the ground instead of punching holes that compact your soil even further.

If this seems like a lot of work, that’s because it can be, especially if you’ve got a family and a busy lifestyle. If you want a local team that understands New England’s lawns and plants better than the rest, then get in touch with us today.