Here in northern Georgia, we are starting to feel summer cool off and the familiar feel of fall is in the air. The summer may be ending so now it’s time to switch from “summer lawn care mode” to “fall lawn care mode”. Fall lawn care is all about getting your yard ready for the winter and preparing it for next spring. Investing time in your landscapes now will pay off greatly in the spring. Here are some tips to help you with your fall lawn care checklist for Georgia lawns.
In Georgia, our lawns are mostly made up of warm-season grasses, which means grasses like St. Augustine, zoysiagrass, and Bermudagrass do their growing in the summer. These grasses slow down in the fall but keeping it at the proper height is still important. We may not get the heavy snows of the north but we do get enough that it can cause snow mold and other lawn diseases in your lawn. Not to mention, home to pests such as the mole cricket.
Weeds are an inevitable part of having a lawn. Even if you have followed all the rules for proper summer weed control, weeds can still slip through the cracks and sprout in your yard. It shouldn’t be too hard to control these weeds but if you don’t the consequences could be huge. Just one weed can spread thousands of seeds across your yard where they will lie in wait until spring arrives and then invade your lawn. Take the time now to kill any weeds that have emerged in your yard before they get a chance to release their seeds.
Raking up leaves isn’t just for making your lawn look good and well-kept. It’s more about keeping your grass healthy. If you have ever raked leaves that were wet then you know how heavy they can get. When wet leaves sit on your grass it flattens it down and retains water, creating the perfect conditions for snow mold and other diseases to arise.
Your roof is such an important part of your house that it is often overlooked until a real problem arises. It doesn’t take much to get a ladder and climb up on your roof just to inspect for damage. Pests like insects and rodents can easily gain entry to your home if your roof vents are not intact or there aren’t any damaged or missing boards.
Check your gutters for clogs. Clogged gutters can force water under your roof and cause leaks inside your home. Clogged gutters can also become a breeding ground for mosquitoes who love standing water.
Many pests are looking for places to overwinter around this time of year. If your home isn’t defended properly these pests can make their way into your home and get between your walls where they hide until spring.
Are you tired of the constant work that goes into lawn care? Call the pros at North Georgia Lawn. We offer lawn care and lawn management programs that are guaranteed to improve the look and health of your yard.