Preparing for Winter with Fall Lawn Treatments

fall lawn careUpdated: 10/21/2015

Some think that the fall is the end of the lawn care season. The truth is, the fall is possibly the most important time time for lawn, trees, and shrubs. This is the time to strengthen your homes landscape so it can survive the winter and come back stronger in the spring. Unfortunately, if you don’t know the treatments that are available, your yard won’t receive what it needs. Here is a list of services for the month of October:

Deep Root Fertilizer

Unlike turf, which during the warmer seasons will show the effects of fertilizer within the next couple days, trees and shrubs take up to two months to show the effects. This is because the nutrients have a longer journey to the new growth at the top of the plant. Fall is the best time for Kansas City trees and shrubs to be fertilized because they will come out stronger in the spring.  Where as fertilizing in the spring may cause problems when the new growth would appear later in the summer. The young foliage then suffers from heat and drought.  A Fall Fertilizer is also necessary for new plants (five years or younger) to  overcome transplant shock and aid in establishment. These young plants need to grow more roots than established trees and shrubs to cope with everyday stresses. Winter allows your plants time to relax and repair themselves for the next year.

Iron Injections

Iron Chlorosis is a condition that effects the manufacturing process of chlorophyll due to a lack of iron. This is easily diagnosed because Chlorophyll is what makes leaves green.  If you have yellow leaves with green veins you know you have an iron problem.

Our trees use the chlorophyll molecules to create energy. The less chlorophyll that is being manufactured, the weaker the tree becomes. This will eventually lead to death. If your tree has Iron Chlorosis, now is the time to treat with an iron injection. These injections are placed directly into the trunk of the trees and help stimulate the chlorophyll production. One treatment will last for approximately three years.

Mulching Vs. Raking

Put down your rakes. Raking can be such a chore anyways, but mulching your leaves has actually been shown to help rebuild organic matter that in turn helps fertilize your lawn. Learn more about this here.

Gypsum Soil Amendment

Gypsum Soil Amendments are more for the month of November but Heritage wanted to give you a heads up. Since we switched to our Eco-Pride system we have done soil tests throughout the Kansas City area and Gypsum come back as the most widely recommended soil amendment. Gypsum releases nutrients that are tied up in our heavy clay soils and allows plants to use fertilizers more efficiently. Farmers knew a long time ago that Gypsum would “sweeten” the soil. Keep an eye out for more information about this treatment next month!

If you have any questions on what your lawn needs or what may or may not be included in your current program, give a Lawn Coach a call today!