Just because you’re mowing less often doesn’t mean you can ignore your lawn in fall.
A few lawn maintenance chores performed now will help your grass survive the winter and rebound in spring, the turfgrass experts at Ohio State University say in the latest issue of the Buckeye Yard & Garden Line.
Specifically, they recommend these tasks:
-- Apply nitrogen fertilizer before the grass loses its green color. The practice strengthens grass plants, helps them store energy reserves and produces earlier spring green-up.
It should be done once the air temperature consistently drops below 50 degrees, but before the turf goes dormant.
-- Perform core aerification to reduce soil compaction and give grass roots room to grow. The practice also helps to reduce thatch, because the microbes in the soil cores mix with the thatch layer and help break it down.
-- Do a dormant overseeding. It’s too late for successful fall seeding, so lawns that need reviving but haven't been seeded yet should be overseeded around Thanksgiving or later, when the grass is dormant. The seed won’t germinate until spring.