After Labor Day, our gardening and lawn care focus immediately turns to fall. After what has been a dry season for many, we're finally seeing some rain from tropical storms. This trend will continue (hopefully) into December. That makes a fall a perfect time to repair and rehab your lawn, and prepare it to ride out winter for a healthy start in spring.

Fall Lawn Care for Texas

Texas has been experiencing record drought this year. Your primary fall lawn care tasks this time around will involve getting your lawn back in business for next year. Start by mowing the lawn short- to 1 inch if possible. Then aerate the lawn and rake a one-half layer of compost over it. Water the lawn to help this compost layer settle. Water the lawn a few times a week to help it re-grow after aerating.

Patch dead areas with locally-sourced sod. Always buy sod that has been cut in the morning and lay it by the afternoon. This will give you the best performance from your new sod.

Fall Lawn Care for Florida

Florida has had a relatively rainy summer, which means the grass has been growing at a breakneck pace. Hopefully you’ve kept up with summer mowing, never removing more than 1/3 of the grass blade at one time. Take time now to check for fungal diseases, which are aggravated by excess rain. There’s still time to patch areas that might have gotten damaged by summer foot traffic. It’s also a good idea to use locally cut sod and lay it the day you purchase it for best results. If you want to lay a new sod lawn, September is a good time to plant, as well.

Fall Lawn Care for North Carolina

In comparison to last year, this year has been great for lawns. Summer lawns are still looking great. Now is the time to apply pre-emergent herbicide to prevent winter weeds from taking over. You can use a granular form or a liquid form applied with a hose. Pay attention to the herbicide label to make sure you’re using the right personal protective gear.

At the end of the month, mow the lawn to a height of about one inch and overseed with cool-season annual ryegrass to enjoy a green lawn all year. 

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