It’s THE Best Time To Seed
During fall, the weather is not as hot. The cooler temperatures allow more grass seed to germinate while the majority of broadleaf weeds prefer warmer temperatures. This creates a head start for the grass in the spring by starting growth and choking out the weeds. In fact, grass will germinate to as low as 48 degrees, although it does best when temperatures are in the 60’s and 70’s. Since weeds generally germinate at a higher temperature in dryer conditions, your lawn will have an earlier advantage. Additionally, grass seed will not dry out as easily because fall is usually moister due to slower evaporation, further helping the seed germinate. The result is lower utility and higher germination levels. Another advantage to seed your lawn — autumn rain storms tend not to be as severe as in the summer months and these gentler rains won’t wash seed away.
Good Time To Sod
Sod, to survive, must be kept moist. In the summer, hot, dry weather provides a difficult scenario; temperatures dry out the soil, so watering is a must at least once, but often twice a day. If the watering isn’t kept up, the sod may not survive, and if it does not survive, you may be battling weeds or replacing the sod all together. Also, sod is easier to remove in the fall because it is usually moist and cuts easier than dry compacted sod (usually found in the summer).
Excellent Time To Plant Trees & Leafy Shrubs Or Transplant Shrubs & Small Trees
Nature is on your side in the fall. Because t plants are going dormant for the winter, they won’t become stressed because of hot temperatures and lack of water that is often the biggest challenge new plantings have. Assuming you buy your tree at a nursery, the root systems in the pots are more established than in spring or summer potted plants. It is a stronger root system in a more favorable environment.
Excellent Time To Create Or Improve Planting Beds
Now is also a great time to augment your soil with compost since the compost will have more time to break down without burning the annuals and perennials. Fresh compost also requires more fertilizer because as the compost breaks down it robs nitrogen from the soil. It’s also a good time to reorganize your existing perennial beds by transplanting individual plants or splitting them.
Scheduling Landscape Work Is Timelier
Most landscapers are booked in the spring and early summer. Fall contracts can routinely be started weeks earlier than in spring and summer. Patios, retaining walls, walk path stones and grading are also great fall projects because the combination of contractor availability and favorable conditions for seeding, planting and bed preparation work to your advantage. This gives you time to pre-seed for an early start on spring, allowing you to enjoy your patios, walkways and retaining walls sooner.