DIY How to Care for your Lawn in the fall. 4-steps for fall lawn care

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today we're gonna go over my lawn fall

preparation tips

alright lawn ninjas you want to have the

best looking lawn next season well guess

what it all starts with fall preparation

now's the time to get off the couch get

to the doing let's go step number one

proper watering now when it comes to

fall time and watering it's important

that we don't overwater and it's

important that we don't under water now

you notice my lawn is a lot more green

than a lot of the people around me and

the difference is is they cut the water

early now what that does for the lawn is

it forces the grass into going to sleep

to protect itself or dormancy now it's

also just stress dormancy and it affects

your root development so I'm making sure

that I'm watering once a week at about a

quarter of an inch to force water down

now sometimes I'm only watering once

every ten days depending on how far the

water is penetrating and I'm just

watching the color of my grass now truth

be told the ground temperatures below 55

degrees make it so the lawn isn't

growing super vigorous and that's not

necessarily what I want what I do want

is I want to maintain my color I want to

maintain my balance but I want to make

sure there's enough water deep enough

that the roots want to chase now it's

very typical in the fall time that your

daytime and nighttime temperatures are

gonna begin to come down dramatically

which means that we're gonna have less

evaporation occurring and we don't need

to water as much now as a general of

thumb we don't want the soil to

completely dry out at any given time now

since everybody's lawns are different

soil types are different there's no

possible way I can tell you how many

minutes you need to have on your

sprinkler system it's my recommendation

is to do what I do get a soil probe or

get a screwdriver get in the lawn and

see how far the water is actually

penetrating a good plug will be about

six to eight inches and it won't be too

wet but it also won't be dressed as a

prime example of what drought stress

dormancy does to a lot now will the lawn

survive yeah absolutely it will it just

it's looking dry but when we don't have

water six to eight inches down it's got

nothing to chase now can you fix this in

the springtime yes you can but you're

stunting some very favorable root growth

step number two lowering the height of

cut now I know there's a lot of us out

there that like having long cool season

grass or even long warm season grass but

the bottom line is fall preparation it's

important to lower the height of cut to

prevent fungal problems like snow mold


now in my opinion there's two ways to

safely lower the height of cut now you

definitely don't want to go from four

inches down to one inch

so my recommendation for you guys to

keep the grass long is start increasing

your mow frequency if you're only mowing

once a week increase that to two to

three times per week and gradually step

down the lawn now a lot of you guys have

heard about the 1/3 rule you don't want

to cut one more than 1/3 of the grass

blade at a time to avoid undue stress in

the lawn now option number two is to

wait for the ground temperatures to get

below 40 degrees at that point the grass

is done growing topically and you can

safely mow from 4 inches down to 1 inch

if that's the way that you want to do it

now the only problem with doing it that

way is this gonna make your lawn look

like hay all winter long instead of

having a nice rich color leading into

the winter step number 3 yard cleanup

doing a yard cleanup at the end of the

season is a very important part it's

important to remember that our mowers

are not perfect and we've dropped a lot

of debris on the soil surface now we may

not be able to see all of it but there

is a certain amount that is definitely

sitting on top of the soil now one thing

about fall time that I think we all

recognize is our trees start dropping

leaves and they also start dropping

seeds now when this happens it ends up

acting like mulch or a weed barrier and

it can suffocate areas now the other

thing is is fungus a lot of you guys end

up with brown patch melting out fungus

because there's too much stuff on the

soil surface now an easy remedy for that

that I

like to use is a dethatcher now you can

get the Green Works T Thatcher or

preferably the Sun Jodie Thatcher like I

use or you can just use a dethatch rake

and pull it all out at fall time now as

a positive side effects are removing the

lawn litter you're gonna see an increase

in color by removing the dead debris

that's just sitting there and clouding

your color now the other positive side

effect is you remove the debris that

harbors fungus making yard clean-up a

fantastic preventive net now once we

moved along debris we can move on to an

optional service called lawn aeration

and I say it's optional because it

depends on the soil type you have if you

have clay type soils you're gonna

experience more compaction with all the

little ones running on it the lawn

aeration helps reduce that soil compact

now think of lawn aeration as if you're

tilling a garden it's going to increase

oxygen in the soil but more importantly

we're going to reduce water runoff and

puddling now we're also removing and

reducing thatch build-up and improving

fertilizer uptake my recommended

aeration schedule is in the spring and

fall when the ground temperatures are

below 55 degrees and if you have sandy

soil one time in the spring step number

four lawn fertilization

alright lawn ninjas now the point of my

fall fertilization is to piss the

neighbors off and just keep it as green

and as simple as possible now here's my

opinion on this your majors which are

your nitrogen phosphorus potassium are

more important than your minors simply

because the microorganisms aren't going

to be pulling those minors as quickly as

they will the majors now my focus on the

majors are going to be nitrogen and

potassium and a little bit of phosphorus

but I'm most interested in the nitrogen

and the potassium

you're probably wondering hey Jinja I

get the nitrogen thing but why the


well potassium helps the blades of the

grass sustain the cold weather longer so

I'm going to be using a 7% nitrogen with

a 14%

and that's going to help me keep it

greener for a longer then you may not

have access to this exact product in you

Aryan the only thing I want you to focus

on is the first number and the last

number the first number needs to be

higher than a seven and the last number

needs to be higher than a ten the ground

temperatures getting below fifty five

degrees we want to make sure that you

don't purchase a slow-release fertilizer

any sort of urea and ammoniacal nitrogen

that is a quick release is preferred

now as long as you can get that last

number on the bag higher I just want you

to follow the recommended rates on the

bag so if the recommended rates are six

pounds per thousand square feet just

follow those instructions

all right lawn ninjas you want to piss

the neighbors off and keep that grass

looking green throughout the fall and

early winter while the other one's going

dormant follow these easy steps we want

to start with a quick release fertilizer

now you're gonna hear me say some of

them might shock you but using urea or a

quick release ammoniacal nitrogen is the

way to go you can choose a ten percent

nitrogen all the way up to a twenty

percent without having any problems now

I personally I'm going to use somewhere

around a quarter of a pound to half a

pound of nitrogen to release and

stimulate some growth now that's not

actually what's going to make everything

just stay nice and Hardy and green

that's my potassium potassium will make

it survive the cold weather longer

throughout the season well guys this

concludes my lawn fall preparation video

you guys have any questions or concerns

hit me up in the comments love to help

you out till the next time guys the pest

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