Your Chicago Lawn Needs You Now

October 07, 2011

This weekend could very well produce the last warm temperatures of the year and would be the perfect time to ready your Chicago real estate‘s lawn for fall.

The lawn care you provide during autumn will determine what kind of lawn you have next spring. Take some time to tend to it now and reap the rewards next year.

Here are some tips on what you can do:

*Clean It Up: Fallen leaves suffocate grass and can damage your lawn. Your grass needs to get sunlight to undergo photosynthesis and can’t if it’s being smothered. Pick up leaves, branches and other debris that could be suffocating your lawn.

*Let It Grow: How much your grass grows in the fall will determine its condition after winter. If you cut your grass one or two inches less than usual, the blades will get more nutrients and perform more photosynthesis, which will help it look healthier next spring.

*Cut It Short: On the last mow of the year, cut your grass about a half inch shorter than normal. That will prevent matting and discourage diseases. Grass clippings contain nutrients, so keep them on the lawn.

*Aerate It out: Compacted soil restricts the movement of air, water and nutrients to your grass’ roots, so aerating once or twice a year will assist in growth. If you don’t have the right tool, you might want to hire a landscaper for this project.

*Feed It: This is actually one of the best times of year to fertilize your lawn. Adding nutrients will help it survive freezing temperatures during winter. When choosing a fertilizer, look for a nitrogen-based one that will protect your lawn once the temperatures drop.

*Fix It: While you are fertilizing, take the time to reseed dirt sections of your lawn where grass failed to grow. Again, this is the best time to build up your lawn for the spring.

The Lawn Institute, a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization, has even more tips for year-round lawn care. Check them out at thelawninstitute.org.

Now, go prep your beautiful future lawn!

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