The mornings are cooler, the leaves are beginning to turn, and there's still plenty of work to do out in the yard before winter sets in. So, we put together some fall lawn care tips using our proven, professional-grade products that will help you prepare your lawn for the frigid temps, ice, and snow that are headed it's way.
Treat for Pests
Grubs, army worms and sod worms can be especially problematic this time of year, even if you don't see them. Applying DuoCide and then watering it in thoroughly will ensure any pests above or below the surface have been eliminated. Or if, if you're wanting to treat grubs specifically and are looking for an organic option, you can use The Andersons Organic Grub Control. Organic Grub Control is a biological insecticide that is most effective in late summer or early fall when the grubs are near the surface feeding.
Taking the time to feed your grass now will help it recover from summer stress quicker. Once the grass has recovered, it will be bale to shift it's energy towards preparing for winter dormancy by storing carbohydrates that are vital to resisting winter disease and damage. This feeding will also allow your grass to reserve nutrients for root and blade growth come spring.
Aerate and Overseed
Fall is the perfect time to aerate and overseed your lawn if you have cool season turf like fescue. By now, your grass should be recovered from any summer stress and aerating will allow nutrients, water and oxygen to reach deep into the turf. For more details on overseeding, check out this guide for Fall Overseeding.
Pre-Emergent Weed Control
A fall pre-emergent application is primarily for southern grasses like bermuda. As southern turf types begin to go dormant, winter weeds have the opportunity to establish themselves. Applying Barricade around the first frost, and then again in late winter, will help prevent weeds.
Feed the Soil
Continue to work on adding carbon and building your soil profile by applying amendments like Humic DG, HumiChar, and BioChar DG. These products are beneficial to all soil types and can be applied any time of the year, as frequently as needed.