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A Healthy Spring Lawn Begins in the Fall

Lawn & Garden, Weed Control

To make it through winter and thrive come spring, your lawn needs a few things:

It still needs mowed.

Sorry, but as long as the grass keeps growing, it needs to be mowed. Cut it the same height you do during the growing season: 2 ½ to 3 inches for cool-season species. Cutting it shorter can weaken the roots system.

It still needs water.

Fall rains and cooler weather might mean less evaporation, but that doesn’t always mean your lawn is good to go. Monitor how much water your grass is getting and water when it needs more.

It needs less competition from weeds.

Grass competes with weeds for nutrients, water, and sunlight, and the competition is fierce in those cold winter months. Kill broadleaf weeds fast with Gordon’s® Trimec® Speed — you’ll see visible results in as little as eight hours!

It needs raked.

All those leaves can block out the sun and trap moisture, which can promote lawn fungi. And resist the urge to only use a leaf blower — raking helps remove built-up thatch.

It might need aerated.

If your soil is compacted, and if it’s been a few years since you had an aeration, it’s time to pull some plugs. Aeration helps reduce soil compaction and improves water and nutrient availability to give roots a strong start in the spring.

It might need food.

Applying a nitrogen-rich fertilizer such as Gordon’s® Liquid Weed & Feed2 15-0-0 in the fall gives the lawn the nutrients it needs to get through the winter, and helps your lawn start strong in the spring.

It needs seeds.

Fall is a great time to fill in bare spots, and new plants will help it get a thick start in the spring, but it’s best to seed about 45 days before your first frost. Research average frost dates in your area to see if you still have time.

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