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Fall Lawn Care Tips

September 10, 2018 2 min read

Here’s our guide on how to improve the health and appearance of your yard in during fall. 

Remove leaves, adjust mowing height, keep watering

Don’t leave fallen leaves on your lawn; it blocks sunshine and nutrients from getting to your soil during the season. Mulching the leaves can be beneficial, as it adds nutrients back into the grass.

Even though the weather is cooling down, it is crucial to provide your lawn with adequate water and keep mowing your grass. It is ideal to move your mower blade height 1–2 blades lower than you do in spring/summer.


Overseeding your lawn will help thicken areas that need repair. Be sure to rake first, add lawn soil grass seed and evenly distribute seed.

Fafard Fall Lawn Care
Fafard Fall Lawn Care


Don’t forget to remove any fallen leaves, give your lawn a good mowing, and remove any grass clippings before fertilizing.

Apply Parkwood® 10-0-14 Fall Fertilizer in autumn anytime from September to November. This is crucial for strengthening your lawn throughout the winter months. Make certain you water the area well following application.

The 14 in the formula is potassium, which builds resistance to winter injury and disease. The 10 is nitrogen, which supports plant growth. Grass continues to grow during late autumn and early winter.

Only your lawn should be fertilized at this time. Fertilizing your shrubs and trees should be completed in late summer and then left to go dormant.

Remove excess thatch

Thatch is made up of mainly dead turfgrass and lies above the grass, as well as above and below the soil and root system. Once this layer becomes too thick it prevents your grass from absorbing nutrients and water. You can remove thatch by aerating or using a dethatching rake.

It is best to remove thatch in summer and fall. Dethatching is not recommended in the spring because of the active growth at this time; the energy and nutrients in grass roots are low and it can cause damage to your lawn. Once you have removed the thatch, toss it in the compost.

Beneficial bugs

Nematodes can be applied to grass this time of year to help control white grubs. This can also help reduce the population of Japanese beetles and June bugs for the following spring.