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By JEFF BETSILL
Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia
you first moved into your new home, you received
information on how to care for the refrigerator,
the range and the heating and cooling system.
had you considered how to maintain your lawn?
Soon after you signed the mortgage, you realized
it is your job to keep the yard in top shape.
resist the urge to hide the lawnmower in that
dark, hidden corner of your garage. Then get out
the rake. Unfortunately, the grass does not stop
growing after Labor Day. Your lawn care duties
are far from complete. By doing a few chores this
fall, you will spare yourself from some work next
are some fall lawn tips:
Test your soil.
The wise lawn owner tests his soil in the fall to
determine its nutrient content. Soil that is
saturated with nutrients can become saturated
with water, drowning the lawn's grass.
growing out of nutrient-deficient soil is less
resistant to drought, pests and disease. After
testing your soil, you will know what kind of
fertilizer it needs and can work to balance its
Reseed. Is your
yard a little too thin on top? Fall is the best
time of year for reseeding your lawn to fill in
those bare patches and make it green and lush by
the following spring.
reseed, first loosen the surface soil with a rake
or shovel. Then, spread grass seed over the area
evenly and gently rake to make sure the seed
comes in contact with the soil.
a light layer of mulch. Reseed the entire yard if
you have a number of large bare spots. You can do
this in one of two ways: overseed or start from
core aerating your lawn before you reseed it.
This process loosens your lawn's soil so air,
water and nutrients can better reach the grass
roots. To make the job easy, use a mechanical
help promote root growth, fertilize your lawn
early this month. Manure and other organic matter
need time to break down. Apply approximately one
pound of nitrogen-rich fertilizer, such as urea,
to every 1,000 square feet of your lawn.
forget to put cutting the grass on your fall lawn
care itinerary. Well-fertilized grass keeps
you even finish mowing the grass you will have to
start raking the leaves. Don't let the leaves
stay on your lawn through the winter.
Plant. Fall is
a good season for planting trees and shrubs.
Take care of
your trees. Enfold your trees in plastic wrap to
prevent them from getting frost cracks.
Begin the War of the
Weeds. Apply a pre-emergence weed killer to
control weeds that can crop up during the winter
maintenance does take some work. But if you
follow these steps in the fall, you will sigh
relief next spring when your lawn peeps its
glorious self through the last patches of sullen