The reason fall lawn care is so important is that it sets the stage for the type of yard and landscaping you will have in the spring. Fall is the time to prepare your grass and landscaping beds for dormancy.

Properly caring for your grass during this time will result in a greener, healthier property come spring. Here are six must-do items to prepare your grass for winter!


#1 Remove leaves and debris.

Leaves and debris left on your grass can create dead patches in the spring. The leaves and debris work as a layer that blocks your lawn from proper sunlight. They are also a breeding ground for various pests, mold, and fungus. Proper leaf and debris removal allow your turf to receive sunlight and hydrate appropriately.


#2 Weeding, landscape bed reshaping, and landscape trimming and pruning.

Now is the time to get your landscaping manicured. Pull all the weeds from your landscaping beds and reshape your beds to make spring preparations easier. Additionally, landscape trimming and pruning of your bushes, hedges, and small trees will shape and strengthen them for winter hibernation.


#3 Clean out the gutters.

During the fall, gutter cleaning is crucial. The buildup of leaves and debris in your gutters can create a clogged gutter, which can lead to water damage to your home. Clogged gutters are also a breeding ground for rodents, mosquitoes, bees, and mold.

Wait until most of the leaves have fallen before having your gutters cleaned out. This saves you the time and hassle of having it done multiple times.


#4 Aeration and overseeding.

Aerating your lawn is the best way to allow nutrients deep into the soil. This helps strengthen the root system of your lawn and prepares it for dormancy. Aerating your turf is accomplished with a special tool that punches holes into the ground and deposits soil plugs on the surface. Over time, the plugs break up and disperse nutrients into the ground.

After you aerate, it is a great idea to overseed your turf. Overseeding requires a seed-to-soil atmosphere for germination, which is provided by the prior aeration. Overseeding keeps your turf from getting thin and crowds out potential weed growth.


#5 Apply a high-phosphorus fertilizer.

A high-phosphorus fertilizer applied during late October and early November will prepare your grass for winter and spring. During winter, high-phosphorus fertilizer will stimulate root growth between November and early December. The results will be that, in the spring, your grass will green up quicker and be more resistant to drought and disease.


#6 Apply pre-emergent weed control.

Pre-emergent weed control applied during fall helps keep weeds at bay for a longer time, due to the cooler temperatures of the soil. Herbicides can keep the treated area weed-free for an extended period into spring. The frequent rain and snow during the fall and winter months will help keep your pre-emergent weed control active.

Once spring arrives, you can have your lawn re-treated with pre-emergent weed control for ongoing maintenance.


Have us prepare your lawn for winter with our fall cleanup service.

When it comes to maintaining your lawn, fall cleanups are essential. Make plans to fit these six must-do items onto your fall to-do list before the weather gets too cold. October is the perfect time for your fall property maintenance.

Hire a professional company such as Wake Landscapes for your fall cleanup services. Call (919) 518-5513 and we will get your property properly prepared before winter!

Leaf pile in the back yard of a home in Cary.