Fall Preparation : Lawns Need Love Too !

 Portfolio image: Uncommon Ground Design Group Inc. MIssissauga Ontario

 Portfolio image: Uncommon Ground Design Group Inc. MIssissauga Ontario

Here it is. Fall fast approaches. Kids will go back to school and some of them will run across your lawn in the excitement to join their friends. Just before you consider yelling at them to keep off the grass, you decide they wouldn’t listen anyway and instead decide to contemplate your lawn’s condition and how to keep it in good health over the winter.

Opinions about Lawn Care are numerous on the internet  and if you have ever wondered what preparation is suggested for the Fall season, here are a few solid points that you might consider for the love of your lawn.

Best Practices: Grass Height : Maintain a regular grass height Spring to Fall of 5 cm (2inches) until the grass stops growing. Being careful NOT to remove more than two thirds of the grass height at any one time, your last mow of the fall season should include cutting the lawn to less than an inch before winter.

Nutrients and General Care: An early Fall (up to the 2nd week in September) aeration, and applications of spreading fertilizer, compost and seed application to fill in the gaps is suggested. For shade lawns, or if you want an option to water thirsty lawns, consider Eco Lawn grass seed from Wild Flower Farm in Orillia Ontario. This grass seed is for lawns from full sun to deep shade and has up to seven types of grass seed and can reduce water needs by up to 75%. This seed can be found in some garden supply stores or you can order directly. Follow the application instructions carefully.

Sustainability: Options to Eco-Lawn grass seed as a popular drought resistant lawns include a micro clover seed as a grassed lawn alternative. Clover grows in most sun and some shade situations and, is a nitrogen fixing agent which means it naturally adds the all important Nitrogen to the soil as it grows. Clover also grows densely leaving almost no room and nutrients for weeds.

Find out more : 

“ Green Side Up” by Wes R Porter  - https://www.amazon.com/Green-Side-Up-Wes-Porter/dp/1550413821 

Wild Flower Farm - ‘Eco Lawn’: http://www.wildflowerfarm.com/

“Gardening Grief and Glory” by Ed Lawrence - http://www.gardeningwithed.com/

Clover : https://dengarden.com/gardening/Clover-Lawns