If you’re like most Michigan homeowners, you probably spent a lot of time outside enjoying your lawn and gardens this summer. The warm weather brings us all outside for backyard barbecues, parties, and other activities best spent outdoors in the gorgeous Michigan sunshine. The last thing we’re thinking of is fall lawn care.
Like all good things, summer has officially come to a close. With the close of summer comes crisp autumn air, football games, and gorgeous fall foliage. Unfortunately, our lawns have a much harder time transitioning into autumn than we do. After 3+ months of extensive and heavy use, our grass may be showing some severe signs of damage. Even worse, this damage seems only to get worse as the temperatures continue to drop.
Knowing some of the most common causes of summertime yard deterioration can help you identify the problem and nurse your property back to health before (gasp!) the white stuff starts falling. Here are some tips for fall lawn care:
Perhaps the biggest contributor to summertime yard damage? The heat. Our Michigan lawns endure extremely high temperatures and drought conditions that can wreak havoc on our grass, burning the blades faster than they can grow. If you’ve noticed large burned spots, use the fall season to water, fertilize, dethatch, and aerate to begin to reverse these signs of damage.
High traffic areas on your property are likely to show significant signs of summertime destruction. Over time extra traffic on our grass can result in compacted soil and excessive thatch. These conditions, when left untreated, can prevent the root system from accessing vital nutrients. Combining aeration, dethatching, and overseeding with your fertilization/weed program can circulate water, food, and air to the root system and promote new, healthy growth.
Yes, we love busting out our seasonal outdoor furniture sets for entertaining guests, dining with family, or simply lounging in alone. However, our patio fixtures, when placed directly on the lawn, can leave visible damage behind. Once you’ve stored your outdoor furniture away for the season, start a routine of watering and reseeding to help your grass bounce back.
Humans aren’t the only ones spending ample time outside in the yard throughout the summer. Our pets often get to enjoy extra hours soaking in the sun during the warmer weather. As a result, you may start to notice more dead spots spread out over your lawn than usual. Overseeding and irrigation can both help hydrate these areas and generate green, vibrant grass. To prevent future damage, water your grass in the spots your dog paid extra attention to as soon as possible.
The best way to counteract summertime damage on your Michigan property this fall? Partner with a professional turf care company for your fall lawn care needs. Custom Lawn Care offers a full suite of turf care services to restore your property to its pre-summer luster. Contact us today to hear more.