Fall Lawn Care Guide

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Cool-season grass seed grows quickly in the fall weather.

Fall Lawn Seeding and Planting

    • Warm-Season Lawns: If you don’t like the brown appearance of your dormant warm-season lawn, fall is a good time to overseed with annual ryegrass or other cool-season grass for winter color. Apply the seed about 2-4 weeks before your average date of the first frost.
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A healthy lawn is the first line of defense against weeds.

Fall Lawn Weed Control

Fall is the ideal time to combat actively growing weeds with post-emergent herbicides. Weeds, like other plants, spend the fall drawing nutrients from their leaves into their roots for winter survival. The increased absorption means that your weed-control products will quickly be drawn into the roots for rapid results.

Weed Control Tip

Weed & Feed products combine fertilizer and weed control into a single application. While they can simplify fall care of cool-season lawns, don’t use them if you’re planting grass seed as they often contain a pre-emergent herbicide that will keep grass seed from germinating.

Other Fall Lawn Tasks

    • Leaf Cleanup: If allowed to accumulate, leaves form a wet blanket that smothers your turf grass and invites disease. Keep leaves raked or picked up, and consider using them to start a compost pile. Small amounts of leaves can be mowed and mulched into your lawn.
    • Mowing: Continue mowing as long as your lawn is growing. Mow newly seeded lawns as soon as they need it. Make sure your mower blades are sharp for the fall season and do a little mower maintenance before putting it away for the winter.
    • Watering: The weather may be getting cooler, but your lawn still needs one inch of water per week as long as it’s growing. Newly planted grass seed will need watering every day or two until established.
    • Grass alternatives: If you have areas of your lawn where grass refuses to grow, fall is a great time for planting and establishing groundcover.

Further Information

14 COMMENTS

  1. Core Aeration helped my lawn 100%. Especially due to the high clay content in my soil. Every time I would aerate, I would add about a half inch of a top soil and manure mix on top.

  2. How do you recomend repairing a very bumpy lawn. Most of it is not caused by tree roots. It may be settlement over the years (50 years) but has only ocured in the last couple of years.

  3. If I “weed & feed” my lawn in the Fall, what is an adequate waiting period before aerating and over-seeding my lawn (to avoid hindering the new seed germiation process)?

    Thanks!

  4. I think I have got a late start in the lawn care for fall. I still want to weed and feed but I also want to aerate and overseed do I still have time and how lond shgould I wait to overseed after the weed and feed?

    Thanks

  5. What ways to treat ants? I have so many piles of ants all over my lawn. I also have holes in my lawn some from trees and other am not sure how they got there. Need help please. Thanking you in advance

  6. What r the white looking butterfly’s or maybe moth looking, that fly above the lawn, and do they do damage to the lawn. Thank u henry

  7. Planted oat and grass seed. It was planted in september. It is the first of November the grass look beautiful. Should we cut the grass or waite until spring

  8. I like to overseed my yard in the fall. This year I tried overseeding in the spring. I found that by using “Pennington Smart Grass” seed for “Sun and Shade” that overseeding in April proved to be successful. I live in Michigan. I have never been able to grow grass behind my house because of the shade. I tried Scotts grass seed with no success. When Lowes or Home Depot has a sale on Pennington grass seed I buy it by the 20lb bag and apply it in April (with all the wonders of natural watering to help my grass grow). Also, the product boasts 30% less watering year after year….. I don’t like watering my grass with city water…I find that the chlorine in the water really doesn’t do my lawn any good….so I mulch my grass at 3-1/2 inches. My lawn stayed beautiful using Scotts Fertilizer Program.

  9. Trying to stay organic year round due to health reasons, this year I have used milorganite consistently, and stopped about six weeks ago, I live in north Florida, and have St. Augustine grass. I have pelicans, ducks, and aquatic birds visit my lawn every fall, they seem not to like the milorganite, and have skip my lawn due to this fertilizer. Nevertheless, they walk through my lawn, and probably urine in it, so I noticed brown patch in my lawn. I would like to know what organic product can I use to get rid of brown patch, and what organic products to use for fungus, dollars weeds, mushrooms, and weeds? Any information would be appreciated.

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