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Did you know that fall is the best time to seed a lawn to ensure lush grass? It’s also a great time for planting, especially here in the South.
I used to think that raking leaves was the only yard work you needed to do in the fall. But through my years of homeownership, I’ve learned that planning, preparing and planting in the fall is a great strategy if you want a lush lawn and great curb appeal come spring.
We’re working now on implementing our fall lawn maintenance plan, starting with seeding and fertilizing our grass using Scotts® Turf Builder® Grass Seed Sun & Shade Mix®, Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard® Fall Lawn Food and Scotts® Turf Builder® EdgeGuard® DLX Broadcast Spreader from Tractor Supply.
You might see lots of people putting out grass seed in the spring. That’s because most people think spring is the best time to seed a lawn. But in most climates, especially here in the south, fall is the best time to seed a lawn to ensure healthy growth. It’s also a good time to fertilize your lawn.
Fertilizing during the fall gives your lawn the opportunity to soak up nutrients before the winter months. The fertilizer has time to absorb into the soil; repair damage from the summer sun; and help the new grass establish strong roots for spring, when the weather can be really unpredictable. (We all know what an unexpected spring frost can do to fledgling plants and seedlings, while more established plants are able to withstand the weather better.)
Last year, pressed for time and thinking we’d save a bit of money, we skipped out on seeding our lawn in the fall. What a mistake!
We’ve paid for that decision with patchy spots and weeds. (When you plant grass seed in the spring, it has to fight harder against weeds.) We’ve had to deal with lots of crabgrass and other weeds this summer, and we don’t want to fight that (losing) battle again. We’re ready to reclaim our once lush, green lawn with a little preparation and proactive work this fall.
Our local Tractor Supply store is a great one-stop shop for our lawn maintenance needs and other household items.
We picked the Scotts products best suited to our lawn and climate.
The Turf Builder® Grass Seed Sun & Shade Mix® has high drought tolerance and will stay green in the shady spots of our yard, as well as those that receive full, scorching summer sun.
This little bit of work now will be so worth it in the spring and summer when our grass comes in nice, thick and green.
Just as fall is the best time to seed a lawn, it’s also a great time to fertilize — as I mentioned earlier.
Scotts makes it easy to know what to do each step of the way.
You can find detailed instructions on how to use Scotts products on the back of the fertilizer and seed bags, and there’s a wealth of lawn care how-to info on their website. You can totally do this!
My husband loved how easy it was to use the Scotts® Turf Builder® EdgeGuard® DLX Broadcast Spreader with the grass seed and fertilizer. You can even control the spray when you’re spreading seed around flower beds, the house, your property line, a patio or other places where you don’t want to seed or fertilize.
We still have a little more yard work to do this fall to get ready for next year’s growing season.
When Mother Nature doesn’t provide it, our newly planted seed will need watering.
We are also updating our beds out front with new shrubs and trees and getting spring-blooming bulbs in the ground soon. We’ve already planted in a fall garden — some lettuce, cabbage, brussels sprouts and broccoli. We’ll be tending to that and then getting our garden beds ready for spring.
And at some point, I guess there will be leaves to rake.
But it should all pay off in the spring when we’re able to enjoy more relaxing moments like this in our backyard.
What projects are on your fall yard maintenance checklist?