In Minnesota, we love our four seasons, even though some of them last longer than others. Take autumn for example. The days are filled with sunshine, the nights are cool, the leaves turn the colors of a sunset—gold, red and orange. And all this loveliness lasts for about two weeks. Then BAM! Suddenly it’s freezing, sleeting and snowing—eek!
You know it’s true.
That’s why you can’t let another winter creep up on you. You’ve got just a few weeks to get all those fall clean up lawn care chores completed so that come next spring, you get the gorgeous green lawn you’ve spent the entire winter dreaming about.
Fertilizing is the single most important to-do for you in the fall. When you fertilize in the fall, the fertilizer reaches the roots of your grass plants. And while those tender little blades of grass lie dormant all winter, once spring comes, the fertilizer is activated, delivering all kinds of nummy nutrients to your grass before the weeds get a chance to grab hold.
2. Irrigation System Blowout
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Your irrigation system must be professionally blown out every fall. If water is allowed to remain in your system’s pipes and then that water freezes, it could burst the pipes, lending a whole new meaning to the term “Irrigation System Blowout.”
This is no one’s favorite chore, but it is a necessary evil just the same. If you leave dead plant material and dried leaves on your lawn, they’ll mold and mildew with moisture over the winter, smothering your grass plants and making spring clean up an even bigger, more back-breaking chore. After raking, make sure to compost your leaves or shred them with your mower to use as mulch around your trees and bushes.
The clock is ticking and those chores aren’t going to do themselves. (Of course, you can always call Rock Solid—we’ll do them for you.)