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Ready your lawn for winter with these quick and easy fall lawn projects. Three steps for your fall lawn and you’re ready for winter.
I loaded up my cart with a few items and we are ready to tackle that fall lawn:
- wire rake
- Scotts Turf Builder Winterguard fall lawn fertilizer
- Scotts EZ Seed patch and repair
- Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader
Step 1: Leaves
Rake all the leaves and remove from your yard. The leaves block light and trap moisture which is not good for the grass. Don’t let those leaves pile up on the grass. Keep the yard free and clear by raking often and your lawn will thank you come Spring!
I 100% prefer a steel wire rake. It’s lightweight just like the plastic rakes but much more durable since it’s made of steel.
Step 2: Seed
Fall is a great time to seed your lawn. With cool nights and warm days we have ideal growing conditions for grass. Hence this makes it the perfect time to seed those bare spots. Scotts EZ Seed patch and repair is my go to for seeding. It’s a combination of high performance seed, lawn food and absorbent growing material.
- Grows grass almost anywhere – sunny, shaded and high traffic areas
- Tackifier reduces seed wash away even on sloped areas of your lawn
- Absorbs 6x its weight in water
Be sure to set the sprinkler or apply EZ Seed before an expected drizzle in order to water in the seed and give it a good start for the germination process. You want to keep the soil moist for up to 3 weeks, or until grass is 3” tall.
Step 3: Feed Your Lawn
Now that the leaves are up and the seed is down where we need it we are ready to feed the lawn. I’m using Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard fall lawn food in my mini broadcast spreader for this step. Fall is the best time to feed with this lawn fertilizer in order to build strong roots for a better lawn next spring.
- formulated to deliver nutrients your lawn needs in the fall to repair damage from summer heat and drought
- improves your lawns ability to absorb water and nutrients
- can be applied to any grass type
Spreading the Fertilizer
I’m using the Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader to apply the lawn food quickly and evenly. For this Fall fertilizer set the rate control dial to 3 1/4 and then start walking. This spreader features a curved hopper and dual bladed agitator so the fertilizer comes out smooth with consistent coverage. Also the hand folders down for easy storage in the off season.
And of course we cannot forget to add a few mums here and there. They are the quintessential fall flower and bonus! you can plant them in the ground in a few weeks when they are done blooming. They make great perennials in your garden with their late blooming colorful buds.
Fall Window Boxes
I added a few mums into my window box as well. The key to a beautiful window box is a gradual change of seasons by only swapping out those spent annuals as they die off. This keeps the window box looking full and fresh all year long.
Another tip for window boxes – add your flowers in odd numbers. Here I have 5 mums amongst the 5 impatients, 3 coleus and 3 caladium – which have very few leaves left and will be the next to go in a few weeks.
This summer has been exceptionally hot and the lawn is definitely feel a bit burnt out from this warmest season. Consequently that makes fall the perfect time to give your lawn a little love before the winter cold sets in.
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