The worst of the summer heat will have subsided soon. The regimen right for your fall lawn care will vary, according to whether your lawn is composed f warm season turf grass or a cool season turf grass. If you are unsure of which type comprises your lawn, take a sample to your local Extension Office. Common cool season turf grasses include:

  •         Blue grasses
  •         Bent grasses
  •         Fescues
  •         Ryegrasses

Among the common warm season turf grasses are:

  •         Bermuda grass
  •         St Augustine grass
  •         Zoysia grass
  •         Buffalo grass

Regardless of the type of grass there will be lawn maintenance you will have to do. Let’s look at these tasks first.

Apply herbicides to broadleaf weeds

If your lawn is not performing well have your soil tested

De-thatch your lawn by raking.

Pick up excess debris, such as leaves, to avoid lawn problems next year.

Don’t forget about seeding your lawn. Fall is a great time to start a new lawn or fill in dead spots.

Finally, as temperatures become colder, it important to cut grass shorter, leaving it about 2 inches long.

Autumn is the best time of the year to fertilize the lawn. If you do it twice in the fall you won’t have to fertilize in the spring. Avoid fertilizing warm season grasses in the fall.

Your lawn should go into the colder weather well watered.

Last but not least, make sure to drain or treat old gas left in your lawn mower after the last mowing.