fall1-300x120Many of our customers have lush, green, organic lawns in the fall. This is the result of a true organic lawn care maintenance process and healthy soil.

As one customer said, “I love how the lawn looks in the fall. The green comes back and the leaves look pretty falling – for now. Our lawn is in magnificent shape after just one year with you – a true organic service. I didn’t think it would be possible.”

All that said, you may still have some trouble spots or questions about how to maintain a healthy lawn in the fall.
Here are some frequently asked questions and responses…

What is the best way to compete with the creepy creeping spurge?
Spurge, the summer annual, doesn’t compete well with healthy soil and a healthy lawn. The fall seeding should fill in bare spots. If it is creeping Charlie or ground ivy, we can attempt to combat that now. An article called Spotted Spurge and Other Spurges on the University of California – Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources website states, “One of the best control measures for spotted spurge in turf is to maintain a competitive stand of grass. When open areas develop in turf due to stress, disease, lack of fertility, insects, or abuse, light penetrates to the soil surface, allowing spotted spurge to germinate. Once spotted spurge establishes itself, altering cultural practices such as fertilization or irrigation won’t control it. However, raising the mowing height to 2 inches or more in tall fescue or perennial ryegrass can reduce initial invasions. Check turf for excessive thatch, which should be less than 1/2 inch high.”

Should you trim grass down a bit lower in the fall months?
Yes. Mow it lower. It will help reduce winter damage and snow mold.

What should you do with all of those leaves?
You don’t want to leave those leaves on the ground over the winter. They will kill the grass. We usually mow the first leaves and mulch them into the lawn. When they build up we move them. Sometimes we pile them in the back yard to decompose into leaf mulch. Shredding them first or mixing them with manure helps promote decomposition. Read more about fall lawn cleanup here.

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