Here in New England, our entire region is known for its gorgeous fall colors. But with the vivid reds and oranges in the leaves, comes seasonal temperature changes as we move ever closer to winter. But just because the season has changed, it doesn’t mean you should neglect your grass. In the fall, lawn irrigation is as important as ever.
Taking Care of Your Lawn in the Fall
During the fall, your lawn is basically on its way toward winter dormancy. As its summer vibrance fades, it needs a little extra help to keep looking its best.Here are some helpful tips for maintaining your lawn with proper irrigation and care from September to late November.
- Lawn irrigation. In the summer, the weather gets hotter and dryer, meaning you need to water regularly — especially when it hasn’t rained for a while. In the fall, things cool down a bit, and moisture doesn’t evaporate as readily. This means that your lawn doesn’t need to be watered as often as it does in the late spring and summer. You shouldn’t stop watering abruptly, but you can decrease the amount of irrigation gradually as winter approaches.
- Keep mowing. You will need to mow less frequently than in the summer, but as long as your grass continues to grow, you will need to mow it. When you mow for the last time before winter, cut it down to anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 inches, depending on what species of grass you have.
- Tend to the fallen leaves. If left alone, the carpet of dead autumn leaves will basically smother your grass. It also creates a habitat for molds and other plant pathogens as the leaves decay, which could kill your lawn. You can rake them up to compost them, or use a mulching mower to pulverize them into tiny pieces.
You Still Need Your Sprinklers in the Fall
Just because it’s getting colder, it doesn’t mean you don’t need to use your lawn irrigation sprinklers. Fall is the perfect time for maintenance, repairs, and other general upkeep. We recommend getting a “fall blow-out” to prevent any damage during the winter. To find out more, or schedule your appointment, call us anytime at 508-699-6900.