Now that summer has been in full swing for a couple months now, you may be wondering how you can best prepare your lawn for the fall season.
Did the summer heat bring unwanted weeds and unkempt shrubbery? Have patches of your lawn suffered from drought or uneven seeding? Are fungal diseases plaguing your lawn?
If your lawn suffered through the heat of the summer, now is the time to start thinking of landscaping renovations to improve its overall aesthetic and health.
September is around the corner which means that now is the time to find the best cool-season grass seed for fall lawn care.
Typically, when it comes to lawn renovation, the process can be time-consuming. Before you dedicate hours and hours upon lawn revamping, consider these steps to make the process as easy as possible!
Should I Renovate My Lawn?
Your lawn may need a bit of a refresh, but in other cases it might need a little more TLC. Here are some of the top reasons to consider tidying up the lawn:
- Makes your yard look better
- Raises property value
- Helps control soil erosion
- Filters pollution from groundwater
- Adds oxygen to the air
- Keeps ground temperatures moderate
Step One: Find Your Problem Areas
The first step is to find out the areas of your lawn that are causing you issues.
The amount of repair to be done on your lawn will determine whether it is necessary to do spot treatment or redo the entire lawn.
If spot treatment, consider using top products from brands like Jonathan Green and Scott’s Program.
To remedy dead, dry, brown spots and patches in your yard, these two products take an easy approach to making your lawn uniformly plush.
Step Two: pH Test Your Soil
Test that soil! This is often an overlooked part of proper lawn care. To ensure that your lawn is as healthy as possible, you want to make sure it is at an ideal pH level.
pH levels determine the overall acidity of your lawn and whether it is too acidic or too alkaline (basic). pH soil testing ensures accurate results in determining what soil amendments you will need for your lawn.
If a lawn is either of those, then it will have a difficult time absorbing the proper nutrients and will have trouble growing healthily. Cool-season grasses like tall fescue grasses prefer a soil with a pH from 5.8 to 6.5 but will tolerate a range of soil pH.
It’s important to test your soil before picking a grass seed and seeding.
At Pleasants, we offer a few Jonathan Green testing kits to verify how you can appropriately treat your lawn.
Step Three: Aerate/Dethatch
When was the last time your lawn was aerated? Aeration can help rid your lawn of unnecessary build up and thatch in your soil. When you remove this harmful build up, then you allow an open, fresh environment for new grass to grow.
The vacant space then allows for an improvement in fertilizer uptake, keeping grass growing thicker and healthier.
While thatch in moderation can be helpful for your lawn, excessive thatch prevents air and moisture from going to where your grass most needs it.
When this happens, your lawn becomes more susceptible to disease and drought and dethatching becomes necessary.
Cool-season grasses, like tall fescue, should be aerated in the fall. Warm-season grasses, like Bermuda and St. Augustine, in the spring or early summer.
At Pleasants, we offer lawn and soil aerators for rent. Get in touch with our professionals to learn more about how you can best aerate and dethatch your lawn!
Step Four: Choose the Right Grass Seed
Once your lawn is aerated and all your grading issues are addressed, the next step is to pick out the grass seed that is best for your lawn.
For cool-season grasses, now is the best time to plan for fall seeding.
There are a multitude of different seed options depending on the state of your yard, your preferred type of grass and the amount of shade/sun in your yard. If you’re fixing patches, brown spots, or wanting to reseed the entire lawn, Pleasants has everything you need.
Black Beauty Products
Black Beauty Grass Seed helps enhance any yard by growing beautiful grass with a waxy coating to preserve moisture. If you’re seeding in September and October, this Jonathan Green product creates naturally insect-resistant grass that is genetically-superior to others.
Early fall is the most ideal time to plant grass for the season and will quickly improve lawns that are even in the worst of conditions.
For a lush, green lawn to start the fall months, we recommend using these Black Beauty products:
Additional Grass Seed Products
Here are some top brands that we carry to help with building a lush lawn:
- New turf-type fescues with our own exclusive Virginia’s Choice grass seed
- Jonathan Green grass seed
Step Five: Rake, Seed, Water, Fertilize
After you pick grass seed that addresses specific issues for your lawn, it’s time for the easy parts:
If you’re overseeding, you can aerate and dethatch using Pleasants’ rental aerators! Any questions on the best methods to follow overseeding? Visit your neighborhood Pleasants to speak with an expert!
Step Six: Mow
To ensure your lawn is even, mow! Cutting your grass to an even, uniform length will keep your grass growing looking its best. To keep up your lawn’s appearance, it’s important to mow regularly as long as the grass is continuing to grow.
Mowers can also be used to remove thatch from your soil, again, allowing it to breathe and grow healthier.
We have listed some of our favorite mowers:
As always, we are here to help you make fall lawn care as easy and smooth as possible (just like your freshly renovated lawn)!
Contact your local Pleasants Hardware for more information on proper lawn care.