Fall has arrived, and although your thoughts might be turning to the indoors, there’s still time to take care of your lawn. That’s why we’ve put together this brief guide to some autumn hardscaping and maintenance projects you may want to tackle this season.
Be sure to use a reliable landscape & hardscape supplier in PA, like Woodward Landscape Supply, to gather the materials you’ll need to complete these projects.
Seeding and aerating your lawn
Autumn is a great time to seed and aerate your lawn. The ground has gotten cooler, which means you’ll have more seeds that successfully germinate and grow. And the roots they form in the fall will stay active in the winter, so taking care of your lawn now means better growth in the spring.
Aeration can help your new seeds grow by loosening the soil and allowing water and nutrients to reach the roots. And then take care of those new grassroots by watering your lawn every day for 10-15 days after sowing the seeds.
Mowing your lawn
You may not need to mow your lawn during the autumn as much as you did in the summer, but you still have to mow. Mow to a height of about three inches, which will limit the stress on your grass and allows the roots to grow deeper. And don’t worry about clearing away grass clippings. Leaving them on the lawn adds nitrogen to your grass.
Fall is a good time for fertilizing, as it’s the season when your grass and other plants are focusing their energy toward their roots. It’s a good practice to fertilize twice during the autumn. The first time should be early in the season using a fertilizer that’s high in nitrogen to stimulate new growth. At the end of the season, apply some high-phosphorous fertilizer to stimulate root growth.
Weeds aren’t going to go quietly just because cold weather arrives. They’ll grow out of control without constant monitoring. Using an herbicide can work well in the fall, because the chemicals can easily travel to the roots of the weeds.
Inspect your hardscaping
Autumn is a good time to inspect your sidewalks, paths and other hardscaping features for cracks. It’s important to find cracks now and fix them. When winter comes, water can get into those cracks and freeze, causing further damage.
It’s also a good time to consider new hardscaping projects designed to help you enjoy your outdoor space even as the weather gets colder.
Among the projects you may want to consider are fireplace or fire pits. Don’t let cold air chase you indoors. An outdoor fireplace or fire pit gives you a way to spend time in your yard, whether you’re hosting a late-season cookout or just relaxing with your family.
During the summer, it was easy to stay outdoors until 8 or 9 p.m. But now the sun is setting earlier, which is why some outdoor lighting – whether it’s just some string lights or a more complex lighting system installed in your hardscaping – is essential to enjoying your backyard during the autumn months.
If you want help with your hardscaping this fall – whether you want to install a new feature or maintain what you already have – Woodward Landscape Supply is your best choice for a hardscape supplier in PA.
For more than 20 years, we’ve been providing customers with top-of-the-line hardscaping products, from stone to masonry to backyard accents. Contact us today to find out how we can help make your space a better place to be this autumn.