If you want a beautiful lawn next year, it all starts with performing a few key lawn chores this fall!

Fall is the perfect time to set the stage for a healthy, lush lawn next spring.

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Fall means falling leaves, cooler temperatures, and a few final chores to set the stage for a great lawn next year!

With cooler temperatures, and a long winter resting period ahead, patchy, damaged lawns finally have a chance to recover from the rigors of the past summer.

But they need a little help in the process. And with these 3 simple fall lawn chores, your grass will look better than ever next year!

3 Must Do Fall Lawn Chores

#1 Aerate – Give Your Lawn Some Air

Your lawn has had a long, tough spring and summer. Loads of foot traffic and heavy mowers rolling over it have compacted the soil.

And compacted soil means that water and nutrients have trouble breaking through the surface to nourish the root system below.

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Aerating your lawn, either with a plug or spike aerator, will help open up the turf for water and nutrients.

Fall is the perfect time to open up your lawn by aerating. Whether with a pull behind aerator, a self-propelled plug aerator, or even turf spikes, opening up the soil is a must to keep a lawn healthy.

And it doesn’t have to be expensive. Most local rental shops carry aerators that can make quick work of the job! (See: How To Aerate Your Lawn)

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#2 Overseeding

And one of the best fall lawn chores to do after aerating is overseeding!

Overseeding is a simple and effective ways to thicken your lawn up with new grass. All without having to tear any of your existing lawn up.

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Overseeding can be done by hand, or with a lawn seeder. It is the process of spreading lawn seed directly onto your lawn.

And not only is it easy to do, fall is the perfect time to do it!

Overseeding is simply “planting” new seed into an existing lawn. It can be done easily with a regular lawn spreader, or even by hand by hand by simply broadcasting out.

Begin by mowing your lawn down to a lower level of about 2 inches. Then simply spread seed out over the lawn.

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This lawn has been overseeded . The new seed can then germinate with the protection and cover of the existing grass.

The new seed will be protected by the existing grass, and have enough time to become established before winter sets in. And by next spring, it will be ready to take off and fill in for a thick, lush lawn.

#3 The Biggest Fall Lawn Chore – Keep Those Leaves Raked!

And finally, the biggest fall chore of all – keep those leaves raked!

A thick coating of leaves left for long periods on a lawn will cause a lot of damage. And in quick fashion!

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Whole leaves that pile up on top of the lawn’s surface rapidly deteriorate healthy grass below. Especially once they become wet and heavy.

Healthy turf needs oxygen and light to survive. And a heavy coat of leaves keeps both from reaching the surface of the lawn.

Remove leaves regularly, by either mowing in as a mulch, or raking or vacuuming.

Mowing and mulching leaves is actually one of the best things you can do to feed your lawn. But the key is to do it often enough to keep the coating of leaves from becoming too thick.

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If you cant mulch them in – make great compost from your leaves!

And if you can’t mulch them in, take them to the compost pile! (See : How To Make Great Compost From Leaves)

Here’s to getting after those fall lawn chores for a thick, lush lawn next spring! Happy Gardening – Jim and Mary.

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3 Fall Lawn Chores To Make Your Grass Thick And Beautiful Next Year!
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