Here in Texas, the end of summer doesn’t mean the end of lawn care. Fall is a time when you should be hard at work in your yard preparing it for the winter months ahead. Fall isn’t a time to slack on lawn care if you want a beautiful yard in the spring. Whether you are a new or homeowner or seasoned vet, it never hurts to brush up on fall lawn care tips for Texas yards.
Weed control is essential to maintaining a healthy yard and must be performed year-round in a place like Texas. Fall is the most important time to tackle annoying weeds; The amount of work you put into weed control now will pay off the rest of the year. Fall weed control is all about targeting weeds and eliminating them before they have the chance to disperse their seeds throughout your yard. For best results, use a post-emergent weed control spray to spot treat your yard.
In Texas, we can grow a variety of warm and cool-season grasses depending on where you live in the state. Here in the Dallas area, the most common type of grass is Kentucky Bluegrass which starts to grow in the fall. It’s important that you continue to mow even as your grass slows down and goes dormant in the winter. The right height will depend on the grass type in your yard. Check this chart to see what the proper height is for your turfgrass.
After you mow and rake up all those leaves, what are you supposed to do with them? If you have the space for it you can start your own compost pile. You can use the dirt generated from it for your gardens and flower pots. You can also spread the leaves and clippings over your yard and mow over them until you’ve created a fine mulch. The clippings will settle under your grass and naturally feed your lawn.
A Texas lawn goes through a lot in a year dealing with pests, drought, heat, and barbecues. All of these factors can contribute to compacted soil. When soil becomes compact it can prevent your grass from getting water and nutrients. Aeration can be either performed mechanically or with a liquid solution. Either way, the process is designed to loosen soil and allow for the flow of air and water back into the roots of your grass.
Signs That Your Lawn Needs To Be Aerated
While you are busy preparing your lawn for fall don’t neglect your trees. Insects such as aphids, mites, and scale lay their eggs on your trees at the end of the summer. The eggs will wait until spring when they will hatch and begin to feed on your trees and shrubs. At Lawn Lab, we recommend our dormant oil application. Dormant oil is a substance used to kill soft-bodied insects, such as aphids, mealy worms, mites, and scales. Applying dormant oil to your trees and shrubs will protect your trees and give you a jump on insect management next spring.
Your best chance of maintaining a healthy Texas lawn this fall is by hiring a professional lawn care service. At Lawn Lab, we offer a lawn care program that keeps your lawn fed and looking good all year. If your lawn is showing signs of weakness or you just want to give your yard an extra boost, call the pros at Lawn Lab, we have everything we need to take care of your yard this fall. Our liquid aeration and ryegrass seeding programs are just what your Texas lawn needs.
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