Timing is everything. Having the best-looking yard in the neighborhood can be accomplished by performing proper yard and lawn care projects at the right time. Fall is the perfect chance to get started.
Aerate and Fertilize
Aerating is so beneficial to your yard. Removing the dirt plugs allows oxygen and fertilizer to more easily reach the grass roots over the cold winter months so your grass is refreshed when spring arrives. If you only fertilize once a year, fall is the ideal time to do it. Give your lawn the nutrients it needs to support root growth even when the blades of grass above ground grow more slowly as the fall temps drop. Aerate first and fertilize next.
Plant Grass Seed
The best time to seed a lawn in Iowa and Illinois is between mid-August into late September. Cool season grasses are best for our Quad City climate, as they do well in the spring and fall when temperatures are moderate. The more southernly your home is located, the later into September grass seed can be successfully planted. Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, fine fescue and tall fescue are the four cool season grasses recommended for our area.
Clean Up Debris and Mulch
Fall debris clean up can take a while, so don’t stress about getting it done in one day. Clean out your gutters. Rake up leaves and debris in your garden and flower beds so plants can absorb water more easily. Apply a layer of mulch 2-3 inches thick to serve as a warm blanket for shrub and perennial roots as well as to help prevent soil erosion when snow and ice melt in the spring.
Plant Spring-Blooming Bulbs
Vibrant colors breathe life into our yards after a long winter. Spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, crocus and hyacinths should be planted in September or October when the soil temperatures have cooled. Bigger really is better when selecting bulbs to plant, so choose bulbs wisely. Pick a good location for planting, as most bulbs do best in full sun and well-drained soil. Bulbs should be planted pointy side facing up and into the ground 2-3 times deeper than the bulb is tall.
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