2 Tricky Fall Lawn Care Myths That Make Your Spring More Difficult

A perfect neighborhood. Houses with outdoor landscape in suburbMyth #1

If your lawn isn’t the way you want it by fall season, give up and try again next spring.

The Truth

What you do in the fall determines how strong your lawn will be in the spring.

Many homeowners have pushed lawn care to the end of their to-do list this time of year. They are focused on work, the kids, and preparing for the holidays. Well, we are going to encourage you to bring lawn care back up a few notches.

Fall is a great time to treat for many broadleaf weeds.  Was your lawn infested with dandelions this year? This stubborn broadleaf weed is just one example of issues you can prevent by treating during the fall. While these weeds don’t flower this time of year, the rosettes are still in your lawn. Like all plants this time of year, the dandelions are soaking up nutrients like crazy to be able to survive the winter. By treating now, they naturally soak up the weed control all the way to the roots and die.  It is very slow in the fall but it still works and they won’t be back next spring when everyone else has a crop of yellow.

Myth #2

Spraying for weeds is the best weed control.

The Truth 

A thick healthy stand of grass is the best weed control.  Competition for nutrients, sunlight and water make it difficult for young weeds to get started.  Successful seeding in the fall will help the lawn thicken and reduce the weed pressure next year.  You are taking out the existing weed beds and adding your desired grass into their place. This promotes the thick, green lawn you are looking for!

NOTE: New seed needs to be mowed 3 times before you can treat with weed control.

For more information on how you can prepare for spring, contact your Lawn Coach, today!