Your Complete Guide to Fall Lawn Care in Idaho
It’s easy to forget about caring for your lawn in the fall.
You have pumpkins to carve! Football to watch! Sweaters to buy! A Halloween costume to mastermind so you can finally win the costume contest at work!
Summer’s over, so your lawn can take care of itself now, right?
Actually, fall is a great time to give your lawn a boost, setting it up to be healthier, happier, and greener come spring.
We’re totally voting for you in the costume contest. Meanwhile, here’s your fall lawn care guide:
Plant Grass Seed
Fall lawn care in Idaho includes planting grass seed.
The ground is still warm, moisture is more plentiful, nights are cool, and the sun isn’t as hot.
The new grass will have time to take hold before winter and you won't have to worry about competition from annual weeds that grow in the warmer months.
After a good sleep, your new grass will emerge green and healthy in the spring.
Apply Fall Fertilizer
Caring for your lawn in the fall includes fertilizing. Fall fertilizing is the most important feeding of the year.
Don’t skip it.
This fertilizer burst, which should happen around Halloween, is all about feeding your lawn’s roots.
While you sip cider and dig out your cozy sweaters, this feeding goes to work making your grass strong and healthy from down below the soil’s surface.
The final fertilizer treatment in fall includes important slow-release granular fertilizer that feeds your hungry lawn for the winter and helps it pop back up, ready to impress, in the spring.
Don’t send your lawn into winter hungry.
Aerate Your Lawn
Fall is a great time to aerate your lawn. Take advantage of it. The tiny cores of soil that are removed to allow better air circulation and moisture break down nicely during the winter, and will help feed your lawn and soil.
Even better, follow up that healthy aeration with the fall fertilization we mentioned earlier. A freshly-aerated lawn allows fertilizer even better access to your lawn’s hungry roots.
Apply Weed Control
Fighting weeds is a year-round battle, so don’t forget fall weed control in Idaho. It’ll give you a jump on a healthier lawn in the spring.
While weeds are working hard on their top growth in the summer, in fall they’re storing energy in their root system, which means they’re more susceptible to herbicide applications.
Zap them now, and it will be harder for them to send their roots deeper into the ground.
Applying weed killer in the fall will get rid of many perennial broadleaf weeds like dandelions, plantain, clover, black medic, Canada thistle, and field bindweed.
Keep Up the Lawn Watering
Yes, fall can be cool and rainy, but your Idaho lawn still needs your watering help. Keep your grass roots well hydrated and healthy going into the winter.
If your lawn isn't getting at least an inch of water a week, keep up the watering right through fall.
Collect Lawn Debris
If you don’t collect all that lawn debris before winter, all the leaf litter, grass clippings, and debris is an open invitation for pests, like voles and mice.
These rodents love messy lawns in the winter — it’s home, sweet home to them. They’ll happily tunnel all over your lawn — and destroy it.
And don’t forget — grass needs sunlight to thrive. Leave that mess on your lawn, and it will weaken, attract weeds, and maybe even die.
Is Your Lawn Ready for a New Best Friend?
Fall is full of fun. And, if you must, pumpkin spice whatever.
But don’t forget your lawn.
Choose a professional lawn care service in the Idaho Falls or Boise, ID area that bundles your yard’s most-needed treatments into one convenient, no-fuss plan that continues treatments right through fall.
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Fertilizer, weed treatments, and grub control, all wrapped up in six visits, each perfectly timed throughout the season, so your grass is green and strong and resists weeds.
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Then kick back and relax in your healthy, thriving yard.