A pest-free home often starts with your yard. If your lawn isn’t taken care of properly, it becomes a breeding ground for pests and they’ll eventually make their way into your home. Plus, who doesn’t love a beautiful, healthy lawn? Healthy lawns aren’t only for the summertime. That’s why we’ve put together tips to prepare your lawn for the fall.
We all love the beautiful colors of leaves in the fall and jumping in a big pile of leaves is fun for everyone, but leaves can cause significant damage to your lawn if left too long. They block light from reaching your grass and trap moisture underneath. Plus, bugs love dark, damp places, so a leaf pile can be a breeding ground for them. When it comes to leaves, don’t leaf them on your lawn.
Many people believe they should stop mowing their lawn once it begins getting colder. However, your grass will continue growing until the first hard frost of the year. For those of us in Georgia, that may not happen for months. If your grass gets too long, it can mat and attract fungus, which in turn attracts bugs.
Even if this fall is another rainy one, your grass still needs to maintain moisture to stay healthy. Keep watering through the end of October and make sure it’s getting at least one inch of water per week.
Fall is the perfect time to fertilize your lawn. It protects your roots from freezing and helps ensure that it will bounce back come spring. A stronger lawn means it’s less likely to see any pest damage.
Most weeds are especially active and invasive during the summertime, so the fall is the perfect time to fight back. You can choose from many methods, from herbicides to pulling, depending on the type of weeds. Most weeds attract bugs, so eliminating them will help protect your lawn from these pesky pests.
As you’re preparing your lawn for the fall, it’s a good idea to go ahead and prepare your home for cooler weather as well. If you don’t already have a plan with us, we’d love to talk about your options! Call us today. 706-979-2536