october lawncare checklist

Your October Lawn Care Checklist

october lawncare checklistKingsport, TN

In Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol, October is the best time to treat your yard for broadleaf weeds like dandelions. You want to keep your lawn looking its best and free from pests. Lawn maintenance in the fall is so vital for a healthy lawn all year long. Maintaining your lawn can range from selecting herbicides (that are developed for the specific weeds you are trying to control) to aerating and seeding your lawn correctly. Promier Landscapes is ready to help! We can help you identify these invasive plants and design a program to remove them.

Here are some tips that will help you maintain a healthy fall lawn:

Aerate and seed your lawn 

A good way to revitalize a lawn that looks a little tired is to aerate and seed in the fall. Lawn thatch build-up can prevent your lawn from getting the air it needs. You may need to undertake core aeration, which uses a machine to remove plugs from your lawn. This relieves compaction and allows water and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass. Following aeration, grass seed can be applied over the aerated soil, for a healthier, more vibrant lawn.

Rake your lawn 

Raking is tedious—especially when it is more fun being inside watching football. Unfortunately, when raking is not done, the leaves trap moisture, keeps air and nutrients from getting to your grass, and creates an environment that attracts pests and plant disease. Rake and remove, or finely chop the leaves with your mower (when they’re dry!), so they can provide nutrients to your lawn.

Apply lime to your lawn 

Slightly acidic soil is good for most grasses, so if you test your soil, and if it is below 5.5 pH, you might want to apply lime to your lawn during the fall months, so your yard has all winter to absorb it. It will take a couple of months for the lime to react with the soil. You can apply lime with a spreader after you rake and before you plant any grass seed. Promier Landscapes will be happy to test your soil for you and can easily handle the appropriate application of lime to your Kingsport, Johnson City, or Bristol lawn.

Treat pest infestations 

Cool-season mites – such as spider mites – are active during the fall (and spring) and lay large numbers of eggs. Mites that are present early in the season may not cause much damage, but they can multiply and eventually cause a great deal of damage to trees and plants. Also, inspect your trees for webworm infestations. Webworms are actually moth larvae. You’ll recognize them by the silky nests left in trees and shrubs early in the autumn. These pests can cause defoliation, but because trees have started to shed their leaves by this time of year, webworms may be more of a nuisance than a threat. They’re unsightly, however, so you may want to remove them.

Get my lawn ready for fall

Now is the time to get your October lawn checklist going and completed. Promier Landscapes is ready to partner with you to help you keep your lawn beautiful and healthy. When you need lawn help or advice, please contact us by calling (423) 246-7977.

We provide complete lawncare to homes and businesses in Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport.