We’ve officially entered fall, which means homeowners have to start thinking about how they’re going to maintain their landscape in the last few months before winter hits. We put together a list of important maintenance tasks you should be handling:

Rake up leaves.

A layer of leaves covering your lawn will block out sunlight from getting to the grass, which will discourage healthy growth. Plus, if there’s been a good amount of rain, those leaves will help trap the water in the ground and can cause lawn fungi. Try to rake at least once a week to keep on top of it.

Keep mowing.

Even though the weather has started to cool, the grass will continue to grow until the first frost. If it’s an early frost or warm weather returns after, then it could come back until the temps start to even out.

Aerate and fertilize the lawn.

Fall is the perfect time to repair your lawn from summer damage and get it ready for the harsh winter. Both aerating and fertilizing will give your lawn the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Because lawns can get “plugged” through compaction and prevent natural nutrients from reaching the soil, it will need some help. Removing soil plugs through aeration will ensure the nutrients have avenues to reach the lawn. Then, to help ensure it gets the nutrients, homeowners can use fertilizer. This should all be done in the early fall to ensure the lawn still has time to absorb the nutrients and grow before the frost hits.

Stow lawn furniture.

If you’ve got outdoor furniture without adequate cover, then they should be brought inside for the winter. This will help maintain them especially if there’s metal prone to rusting or fabrics. With the right cover, you could let the furniture stay, but winds can still reach them.

Drain, clean, and cover the pool.

Before the cold weather hits, it’s important to take care of your pool before the water can freeze. Water and the freeze-thaw effect is one of the ways that pool foundations deteriorate too soon, so it saves homeowners in the long run. They should also clean the pool of any grime or scum so it will be ready to go for the next year.

We hope this helps you expertly maintain your lawn until next spring. If you’re thinking 2021 is the year to finally upgrade your landscape, give Outdoor Innovations a call to start planning.