Everything You Need to Know About Fall Lawn Care

Most of the rewards from lawn care happen in the spring and summer, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your yard during the rest of the year. As we enter into autumn, now is a great time to prepare your lawn to be as lush and lovely in the coming spring. Not sure how? Here is everything you need to know about fall lawn care, from the experts at Lola’s Landscaping.

Watering

There may be more rain in the autumn, depending on where you live, so there should be plenty of moisture for your lawn throughout the season. However, it’s still important to keep tabs on just how much water your lawn is getting. By using a rain gauge, make sure that your lawn is getting at least an inch of water a week. If it isn’t, you’ll need to water it yourself.

Aeration

Heat stress is a summertime lawn problem that is a major cause of brown or thinning patches of grass. The process of aeration can help stop or prevent this. Using a special tool, you can pull up some of the over-compacted soil, allowing nutrients to reach the roots. Fall is a perfect time to aerate; leaving it until spring means the grass will have missed out on a ton of nutrients and water that would have kept it healthy over the winter.

Raking

This may be an unpopular fall chore, but raking your lawn often is one of the best ways to keep your lawn healthy in autumn. Fallen leaves that are left all season prevent the grass beneath from taking in sunlight. The autumn moisture can get trapped under the fallen leaves, too, encouraging the growth of molds and fungus that could ruin your lawn. Aim for raking once a week throughout the season, taking care to remove any leaves that have blown into your yard.

Seeding

If your lawn has had some burning or thinning spots after the summer heat, the beginning of fall is a good time to reseed. When you do this, don’t forget that seeds need to touch the soil to start sprouting, which can be difficult to achieve. If you’re finding it difficult to touch up all the patches thoroughly, you might want to consider power seeding, a process that ensures the seeds make it into the soil.

Lawncare in Franklin, MA

If you’re looking to up your lawn game, fall is a great time to take a few steps in the right direction! For best results, hire a landscaping professional to assess your yard’s needs and the direction you want to take it in. Lola’s Landscape creates custom lawncare packages for every home and ensures your lawn turns out better than ever before! For a consultation for your home or business, please get in touch today!  

5 Tips for Overseeding

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Fall is right around the corner which means now is the time to start thinking about making improvements to your lawn. Many homeowners think spring is the time to spread grass seed and make other outdoor improvements, but it turns out that’s a common misconception. Overseeding in the fall gives the seeds time to take root, increasing their chances of survival into the next year. These 5 tips can be used to improve your overseeding success even more!

Pace the Lawn

Pacing your lawn is the quickest and easiest way to measure it. One pace is roughly 3 feet. Count your paces across the length and width of your lawn, then multiply the values to find the total area. Now that you know how big the lawn is, you’ll know how much grass seed you need to purchase.

Cut the Grass

Before you can begin overseeding, you’ll need to cut the grass already in your lawn. Mow the grass shorter than you normally would to give the seeds you spread the best chance of properly rooting. Any areas of the lawn that don’t have grass to cut should be roughed up so the seeds have loosened dirt to grow into.

Spreading the Seed

Now that your lawn is ready for the grass seed, you can begin the spreading and planting process. Purchase a spinning seed spreader. A hand-cranked spinner is sufficient for most lawns. Cover the lawn with grass seed, focusing primarily on bare or thin areas of grass. You can spread additional seeds by hand if there’s an area you really want to target.

Keep it Moist

You’ll need to regularly water your new grass seeds to encourage growth. The ground should be moist, but not too wet. If the ground becomes dry or baked at any point, the seeds will not be able to grow. Pay close attention to the weather predictions for the first week or so after planting. You should notice growth around 5-7 days after overseeding. If you aren’t noticing growth, increase the amount of water you’re using.

Cutting the New Grass

You should let your new grass grow to a height of 3-4 inches before you begin to cut it. When you do cut it, don’t cut it as short as you cut the rest of your well-established lawn.

Overseeding your lawn is a great way to improve the external appearance of your home. The process will take some patience and dedication to water your new seeds, but all of your hard work is bound to pay off!

Lola’s Landscape

We proudly serve the Norfolk County in Massachusetts for all their lawn care needs. Our team is highly knowledgeable and highly experienced in all areas of landscaping. Contact us now or visit our website to learn more about our services!

Fall Landscaping Ideas

The first frost of late Fall is approaching! Maybe you made some big investments into your lawn and property this summer. If so, great! Improving your property is great for the value of your home and adds an enjoyable aspect to living in your home. But just because summer is over and jack frost is on his way, doesn’t mean you cant continue to make improvements to your lawn. Check out some of these fall landscaping tips for details!

Wrap Your Delicate Shrubs

Ice, snow, and wind. These are all elements of a New England winter that as residents we can deal with. But for your delicate shrubs, these can be deadly. You’ll want to protect your shrubs by wrapping them in the winter. You can also hide small plants under plastic buckets to help them make it to spring. Burlap is the material you’ll want to use for your shrubs.

Fall Plant & Tree Sales

If you have recently gotten into landscaping or gardening you may not know about this tip. Almost every home and garden center has big fall sales. This is a great time to take advantage of cost savings and beautify your property at the same time. You can still plant trees and shrubs from fall until the ground freezes! Act now before its too late.

Fall Mulching

When most people think of mulching, they think of Spring. But a little known fact that is that Fall mulching can be better for plants than spring mulching. It helps protect the roots from frost so that they can retain moisture during a cold winter.

Keep Mowing Your Lawn

You should keep mowing you lawn until it stops growing. Yes, this means withstanding some colder temperatures to ensure your lawn is as healthy as possible. If you have longer grass during snowfall, the grass will get packed down and you can end up with snow mold.

 

Last Minute Lawn Cleanups!

Fall is officially over, but since the snow has held off, we are still offering our fall cleanup services! But hurry, there are only a few weeks left, before the first snow fall of the season! To schedule a cleanup appointment, please give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-4584.

Usually our lawn cleanups only last until December, but this year we are extending into the New Year; you don’t want leaves, twigs and other debris to sit on your lawn through the winter season, into spring.

When your lawn is unattended going into winter, your lawn and its soil will be in weak shape come spring time; not to mention, picking up damp leaves is no fun!

Did you know damp and dead leaves lead to insects and various lawn diseases? When insects and diseases invade your soil, you’re looking at paying a huge sum of money to repair the damage to your grass, and most importantly, your soil!

Here are some of the services we offer during our fall cleanup services:

There are just a few weeks left to take advantage of our lawn cleanup services! Our services will help create a strong lawn and soil that are durable enough to withstand a brutal New England winter!

For more information, or to schedule a free estimate, please give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-4584.

 

Fall Lawn Care Tips in Norfolk County MA

Each region in the United States have their own fall lawn care regiment; here at Lola’s Landscape, we follow a strict fall lawn care system that will help our clients maintain a fresh and healthy lawn!

Take a look at just a few of the services we will be providing during our fall cleanup and lawn care services for the Norfolk County MA area:

  1. Fertilizing: It’s important to fertilize your lawn, at least once a year; if you’re only interested in fertilizing your lawn once, you should have us do it in the fall! We recommend fertilizing once in early fall and again during the end of the autumn season.
  2. Lawn Mowing: As the temperature starts to cool down, your grass will start to grow faster; we recommend having us mow your lawn on a regular basis.
  3. Pick em’ up: It’s important for the health and the look of your leaves if you pick up the fallen leaves and twigs. Wet and old leaves will attract insects that will feed on your grass from now until the spring, causing some serious damage to your grass!
  4. Overseeding: Fall is the ideal time for our overseeding services and products because, as we mentioned before, grass grows quicker and better in cold temperatures.
  5. Perennial Weeds: You don’t need them, so let us get rid of them for you! These weeds, are mostly dandelions, should be sprayed and removed by fall so that a new bud can grow for the spring.
  6. Aerating: Aeration will help loosen that compacted soil of yours; after a summer full of BBQs and children playing in your backyard, the soil is severely compacted; compacted soil means your soil is not getting the nutrients from sun and water it needs to grow healthy. Without a healthy soil, your grass will be eaten alive by insects and diseases.

For more information about fall lawn care, or to schedule a fall cleanup, please give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-4584. We are looking forward to helping you maintain a healthier lawn during the fall season.