Autumn in the Midwest is undoubtedly the best time of year to build our lawns. Typically, as summer draws to a close and the triple threat of drought, insects, and weeds diminishes; we tend to forget about our lawns. For some reason, we think the most important time for feeding them is now past and, even if we may not be entirely happy with this year’s results, we figure we will just give it our best shot next year (again!). But that’s actually the opposite of how we should think. Our lawn especially needs our attention in the fall!
Prepare Your Lawn for the Harshness of Winter
One of the most important reasons to feed our lawn now is to strengthen and establish its root system. This will help it to endure the bitter temperatures of winter and will reap amazing results—a greener, lusher, more weed-resistant lawn—next spring. Jonathan Green’s Winter Survival fertilizer is perfect for this time of year, as is the old reliable Green-Up for every season, or one of the organic lawn fertilizers we carry.
Stop Feeding Your Grass Only
The experts at Jonathan Green believe that the key to a great lawn is the soil and, if we stop long enough to think about it, we will agree. Our grass can only be as good as the soil from which it receives its nourishment. If all we do is feed the grass, but never feed our soil (which is what I did every year, year after year, until now) then we simply repeat the same cycle without seeing long-lasting improvement to our lawn—the “carpet” of our outdoor living spaces. This past spring, in addition to lawn fertilizer, I applied Love Your Lawn—Love Your Soil and am super pleased with the results. If your soil pH is too low then you should also consider adding Jonathan Green’s calcium-rich Mag-I-Cal. Both of these products are also great to apply to your vegetable garden after you remove the plants.
Seed the Thin Areas of Your Lawn
Autumn is by far the best time of year for seeding for at least 4 reasons.
- Grass seed, bluegrass in particular, grows best in cooler temperatures.
- Weeds do not like the cooler temperatures; they love warmer weather. Therefore, unlike spring and summer when weeds can easily take over our lawn, autumn is the time weeds begin to die out on their own.
- Shorter days of sun make watering new seed much less demanding.
- Thunderstorms and torrential downpours can, of course, still occur in autumn, but usually rainfall is gentler this time of year. Slow, gentle watering is much better for seed and results in less wash-away and seed loss. If you are looking to seed new areas or over-seed an existing lawn, we highly recommend Jonathan Green’s Black Beauty seed mixtures.
Whatever you decide to do for your lawn this fall make sure you don’t decide to do nothing. The feedings that you faithfully gave to your lawn this past spring and summer were very important, but now is the time to give it the biggest boost of the year. Stop in today; we would love to show you how to make your lawn the best it’s ever been.
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