Want a great lawn next summer? NOW is the time to start. Cooler temperatures will kickstart both the top growth and root growth. Fall is the ideal time to both pamper your grass and feed those roots.
The easiest first step in optimal lawn care is to begin mulching your grass clippings and leaves back into the lawn. That is the single simplest change you can make in your routine that will have a big impact on the health of your lawn for next year. This step alone recycles nutrient-rich materials back into your lawn rather than contributing to landscape waste on the curb.
If you are already mulching your grass clippings back into your lawn, then take the next step — assess your lawn. Get to know your lawn a bit better. Establish a good baseline on where you are at now and where you want to be next year. Here are some simple ways to do that:
Right now — around Labor Day — is the ideal time to think about your “wish list” for next year’s front yard and to begin to create your very own backyard oasis. Not only is it a good time to visualize what you want for your lawn, but it is also a good time to plan for your garden beds. Do you want to accent your lawn with borders of color in the spring? Do you love seeing tulips and daffodils popping up in other yards? Begin to think now about your own space and plan ahead.
Each week in the lawn care series, the Whitefish Bay Garden Club will suggest some action items that you can take to enhance your lawn and gardens for next year.
Mary Beth Mahoney has a passion for organic lawn care and sustainable lifestyle choices. She is a Master Composter in both Wisconsin and Illinois. She served as a Master Gardener in Illinois and has taken professional courses in turf management, soil sciences, and commercial composting. She is a member of the Whitefish Bay Garden Club.
The Lawn and Garden Tips page is updated by members of the Whitefish Bay Garden Club.