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Prick holes in the soil with a spading or digging fork. Holes should be 2" to 3" apart and 1" to 2" deep.
Start planting bulbs now for the best spring bloom. Common bulbs that can be planted in the Fall are; tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, daylilies, and dahilas. Use a blanket of compost or mulch several inches thick to cover your newly planted bulbs during the winter months.
Cut your lawn 11/4" for the last cut of the season, disease has a harder time with shorter grass, fallen leaves will blow across the lawn because they have nothing to latch onto. Don't go to low because grass makes its food in the upper blade.
To prevent thatch from accumulating, rake your lawn after mowing especially at the end of the growing season. You should dethatch if thatch is more than .5" thick.
Lawn aeration in the Fall will give you healthy grass in the Spring. Aeration allows for greater movement of water, fertilizer and air, it increases the speed of decomposition and encourages deep root growth. Remember to aerate before fertilizing.
With Summer drawing out means it's more work to be done before Winter arrives. It's important to keep up your lawn and gardening work ethic in the fall so you can have a vibrant and healthy lawn and garden by Spring. Here are a few tips to help you plant the seeds for a beautiful lawn and garden next Spring.
You want to try to keep your lawn up til first frost while keeping your grass longer than 2.5" throughout the fall. Use a all mulching mower when you mow for the last time. Mulch keep as much nitrogen as possible in the soil over the winter and onto the spring. Make sure to check your lawn for weeds, using a dandelion weeder to pop weeds out of the soil so they don't return in the Spring.
Rake the leaves regularly to keep your grass healthy. Leaves smothers and kill your grass. You can either bag the leaves for disposal, or spread them on the lawn as compost.
Prune any dead, diseased, or out-of-control branches infested with insects and disease.
It's important to fertilize before the first frost, look for a fertilizer designed for fall use. These fertilizers have high potassium content, which helps the lawn resist disease and drought.