October Lawn TipsHere are some items to be aware of with respect to your lawn in the month of October.

1) Reduce mowing – The seed that you recently planted in September should be popping out. As the temperatures begin to get cooler, the soil temperature also falls off and growing conditions also come to an abrupt halt.

2) Lawn Aeration – You can still aerate your lawn to help relieve soil compaction and breaking up thatch buildup in lawns.

3) Mulch leaves – If you have leaves on your lawn property, take steps to rake them and bag them. I have also found that mulching with the lawn mower provides an excellent way to chop leaves into fine pieces and incorporate the nutrition back into the soil.

4) Water lawn – If fall conditions are very dry and hot, 80-95 degrees, continue to water your lawn to insure a healthy soil nutrition. If conditions are damp and cool, this s.ep could be skipped.

5) Winterize your sprinklers – Watch the nightly forecasts and make sure you take precautions with respect to colder temperatures, below 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn off the water and drain your system to prevent the cold from doing damage to your pipes.

Many people look at fertilizing their lawn during the October time frame. It is probably too early. Some people like to put on a winterizer fertilizer in November, before the first snow fall. Something to think about as we get closer to November.

Picture – ell brown

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