As leaves turn and begin to pile upon the ground, we recommend removing them from your lawn. Removal is important for all types of lawns to prevent them from smothering.
Warm season lawns are not yet dormant and still need sunlight and airflow, while cool season Tall Fescue lawns are entering their vigorous time of year and especially need that sunshine to thrive.
Warm Season Lawns (Zoysia, Bermuda, Centipede)
- Act now with an application of Fungicide: Warm-season lawns get an application of fungicide in the fall (once soil temps lower to 70 degrees) to help reduce the possibility of Large Patch. Remember an ounce of prevention in the fall is cheaper and easier than curing Large Patch in the spring! Come by the store for fungicide.
- Do not aerate warm-season lawns in the fall; wait until spring.
Large patch is appearing in warm season lawns this November, 2017
Established Tall Fescue Lawns (A Cool Season Lawn)
- Aerate & Topdress Fescue Lawns with Soil3. Soil3 is organic humus compost that qualifies for certified organic lawn care, plus it adds nutrients and beneficial microorganisms for a stronger, healthier lawn. We'll deliver it in a 1 cubic yard BigYellowBag. We recommend renting our compost spreader to make the job easier. Keep scrolling for rental options. Watch our aerating & topdressing video >>
- Fertilize Existing Fescue Lawns: Stop in to pick up 16-4-8 fertilizer for spreading on established Elite Tall Fescue lawns through the cool growing season.
- Along with fertilization, you may need to apply a fast-acting lime that neutralizes the pH of your soil. Always take a soil test to confirm if you need to apply lime or fertilizer. Balanced soil pH is critical for your grass to be able to use the nutrients supplied by your fertilizer.
- Continue to mow your Fescue lawn as needed throughout the winter at 2.5-3" cut height.
New & Overseeded Tall Fescue Lawns
- POST-Emergent Herbicide on NEW Fescue: If you planted a brand new Fescue lawn from seed and in the process tilled up existing soil, you've probably kicked up weed seeds and exposed them to the light. As a result, the seeds are probably now germinating alongside your Fescue seedlings. Here's a rule of thumb: It's okay to apply a post-emergent herbicide (such as Trimec) labeled for use on Tall Fescue lawns after you've mowed your lawn 3 to 4 times.
- Mowing Tall Fescue Seedlings: The first time to mow your lawn (at a 2.5-3" cut height) is when the seedlings reach 3-4" tall. In fact, mowing will promote growth! So don't be timid. Mow it!
- Overseed with our Elite Tall Fescue blend of dark green, disease-resistant, and drought-tolerant Tall Fescue varieties. Watch our overseeding video >>
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Why Is It Important to Rake Fall Leaves from the Lawn?
Rake fall leaves from the lawn or use your leaf blower each week to make your job easier. Keep following these practices throughout the fall, and you won’t have to block off precious hours during your weekend to rid the lawn of leaves. Depending on the size of your lawn, it should take less than an hour in the afternoon after you get home from work!