Fall is the season of change, and it's also a great time to care for your lawn in Indiana. Three essential lawn care services you should schedule this fall are lawn fertilization, weed control, and aeration. Fertilization will supply your grass with the nutrients it needs to thrive, weed control will ensure pesky weeds don't steal those nutrients for themselves, and aeration will loosen up compacted soil to make it easier for nutrients and other resources to reach the roots of your grass. By scheduling these services in the fall, you can achieve a healthy, beautiful lawn that will look great during the fall and will be prepared for the winter season. Continue reading to learn more about each of these fall lawn care essentials.
Fertilization will supply your grass with the nutrients it needs to grow strong and beautiful.
During the growing season, your grass will use up most of its stored nutrients to flourish. So, by the end of summer, it may be in desperate need of additional nutrients. That’s why you should fertilize your lawn once in the early fall. This application will replenish those nutrients so your lawn can recover from any summer-related stress. It’ll also help your grass develop deeper and stronger root systems so it is better equipped to withstand various stressors.
You’ll want to apply another round of fertilizer at the end of fall to give your grass another boost before winter sets in. Your lawn uses up most of its nutrients during the warm months when it’s actively growing, so it’ll need that extra push to store enough nutrients to carry it through the winter and make it to the spring.
Fertilization treatments typically include 3 main nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
Weed control will keep weeds from stealing valuable nutrients from your grass.
Weeds are relentless plants that can invade lawns in the fall and will steal nutrients and other resources from your plants, resulting in the weeds getting stronger while your grass gets weaker. Because of this, you should apply a post-emergent weed control treatment to eliminate any existing weeds on your lawn in the fall. Post-emergent treatments target and eliminate any existing weeds currently present on your lawn, and they work by sinking down into the soil and killing the weed at its root.
Aeration will loosen up compacted soil and make it easier for nutrients and other resources to reach the roots of your grass.
Your lawn naturally compacts over time as it gets used frequently. The weight of lawn mowers running over it and foot traffic walking across it regularly will gradually press down the top layer of your soil, causing it to become dense and hard. When your soil is compacted, it becomes harder for water, sunlight, air, and vital nutrients to reach the roots of your grass, making it difficult for them to access everything they need to grow healthy and strong. That’s where aeration comes in! Aeration involves pulling plugs of soil from your turf to open up channels through which essential resources can flow. With improved access to these resources, your grass will be able to strengthen its roots and prepare itself for the harsh winter weather ahead.
This service should be scheduled in the fall because your lawn will be at its strongest during this time. Because aeration is an invasive process, you'll want your lawn to be at its strongest so it'll be able to endure the process.
Give us a call today to schedule any of our lawn care services!
At Grow Pros Lawn Care, LLC, we offer a variety of lawn care services designed to help your lawn stay healthy and beautiful throughout the year. Our team offers fertilization, weed control, and aeration services, all of which should be scheduled in the fall to help your lawn get ready for winter. We offer these services to property owners in Elkhart, Granger, South Bend, IN, and surrounding areas. Give us a call today at (574) 326-3526 to schedule any of our lawn care services!