Summertime is when we make the most of our home’s outdoor spaces. Whether having friends and neighbors over for a cookout or catching some bright summer rays, this is the time of year that homeowners appreciate having a yard to call their own. Though the warmer months may be peak season for enjoying the great outdoors, a great lawn begins with some preparation in the chilly autumn months.

With fall underway, it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure your lawn is healthy and ready for you to enjoy next year and beyond. Use these fall lawn care tips to encourage the continued health and wellbeing of your grass.

Remove fallen leaves

Keeping up with fallen leaves is one of the most crucial steps you can take for the health of your lawn. Leaves can smother your grass, blocking sunlight and trapping excessive moisture. Left unchecked, this could lead to patchiness and thinning on your lawn. To prevent this, be sure to take care of fallen leaves with a leaf blower or rake. Or, simply go over leaves with your lawnmower on the “mulch” setting.  

Lower your mower height

It’s important to mow your lawn to the correct height as your grass prepares to enter its dormant winter state. This means lowering your mower’s blades in the fall from the usual summer height. A good rule of thumb is to lower the blades one or two inches for a shorter cut in the autumn months. Cutting to a lower height will help control moisture, preventing unwanted molds and fungi from taking root. This reduced height also helps your lawn survive the cold, dry winter conditions to come.

Use fertilizer

Fall is a great time to fertilize your lawn. Giving grass a nutrient-rich fertilizer now will help the grass’s roots avoid freezing in the winter and give your lawn the fuel it needs to come back strong in the spring. Look for a fertilizer rich in potassium, which helps encourage root growth. Likewise, nitrogen fertilizer gives grass the sugars needed to recover from the cold and bounce back strong in the springtime.

Seed in the fall

Spreading new grass seeds over your existing lawn, a process called “overseeding,” is best done in the fall. This season is an ideal time to introduce new grass seedlings thanks to its higher moisture and relative warmth. Overseeding helps fill in thin patches on your lawn that may have accumulated after your summertime activities. A thick lawn full of grass also helps to keep weeds at bay. Be sure to water after overseeding, and don’t wait too late in the season to begin, otherwise your fresh seedlings could freeze.

Caring for a lawn is one of the many joys of homeownership. If you’re ready to make a move into a new home, the mortgage experts at First Ohio Home Finance are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about the mortgage process and take the first step toward securing the home of your dreams.