Fall Lawn and Landscaping Priorities: The Best Time for Lawn Care and Planting!
Fall is the best time to take care of your lawn. 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 in as low a temperature as 48 degrees, although it does best when temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. Since weeds generally germinate at a higher temperature in dryer conditions, your lawn will have the early advantage. Additionally, grass seed will not dry out as easily because fall is usually moister because of slower evaporation, further helping the seeds to germinate. The result is lower utility and higher germination levels. In addition, autumn rainstorms tend not to be as severe as in the summer months and these gentler rains will not wash seed away.
A Good Time To Sod
If you want to lay down sod for your lawn, fall is the perfect time to do so. To survive, sod 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 is not kept up, the sod may not survive, and if it does not survive, you may be faced with battling weeds. 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 during autumn. Plants are going dormant for the winter, they will be less stressed because the weather is cooler and water tends to not evaporate as quickly as in hot weather. Assuming you buy your trees or plants at a nursery, the root system in the pots are more established than in spring or summer potted plants. The stronger root system gives trees and plants a head start in a more favorable environment.
Excellent Time To Create Or Improve Planting Beds
The fall season 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 is 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 spring or 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. Plus, this gives you time to pre-seed for an early start on spring, allowing you to enjoy your patios, walkways and retaining walls sooner.