Using Rental Equipment Can Help You with These Lawn Care Tips
Fall is almost here, and with it comes the autumn lawn care. At Time Equipment Rental & Sales, we’ve got the rental equipment you’re looking for to help with your autumn lawn care chores. Many people think that once the summer heat begins to fade and the cooler days and nights set it, there’s no more work to be done to your lawn. However, lawn care in the autumn is just as important as lawn care in the spring and summer. We’ve got the following tips to help your autumn lawn care process help produce a healthier, greener lawn next spring.
1. Ditch the Leaves.
They might not have fallen yet, but they will within the next month or so. A beautiful carpet of colorful autumn leaves may look nice, and the kids might have fun playing in them, but your grass doesn’t like them. Leaves trap moisture and block the sunlight. This one-two punch can be fatal to the grass underneath. Practice proper lawn care by raking or blowing the leaves away as often as you can. Even after the trees are bare and have lost all their leaves, keep raking out the corners where the wind piles leaves up. If you don't, the grass under the soggy, decaying mat of leaves will be dead and gone.
2. Don’t Stop Mowing.
Don't put that mower away yet. Did you know that grass continues to grow right up until the first hard frost? You’ll need to keep cutting your lawn until that happens, but keep the grass at an ideal 2½- to 3-inch height. If you let your lawn get too long, it will mat and be vulnerable to fungi like snow mold. You don’t want to cut your grass too short either, because that’s just as bad. Cutting your grass too short curtails the root system—root depth is proportional to cutting height—and impedes the lawn's ability to withstand winter cold and dryness. Regular lawn care like mowing also gets rid of those pesky leaves, chopping them up and leaving behind a soil-enhancing mulch.
3. Don’t Stop Watering.
Just because the weather gets cooler doesn’t mean you should stop watering. Proper lawn care means proper hydration for your grass. While it's true that autumn typically brings more rain, more dew, and less evaporation, it still may not be enough to keep the grass roots well-hydrated and healthy heading into the winter. If your lawn isn't getting at least an inch of water a week—a simple rain gauge is a useful way to keep track. Keep your sprinklers or irrigation system running until the middle of October. By that time, you'll want to disconnect hoses and flush the irrigation system to avoid frozen pipes and spigots.
4. Loosen the soil.
You’ll want to make sure that your soil is prevented from becoming compacted and covered with thatch, which is a thick layer of roots, stems and debris that blocks important things like water, oxygen, and nutrients from reaching the soil. Aerating your lawn is an essential lawn care element that many people overlook. A core aerator corrects both problems by punching holes through that thatch and pulling up plugs of soil. This process helps your lawn receive vital nutrients to prepare for the upcoming winter.
5. Add fertilizer.
Grass needs water to last through the harsh winters, it also needs a shot of the plant sugars that protect roots from freezing. This also gives the entire plant the energy to bounce back in the spring. Those sugars are produced by chlorophyll, which grass produces in abundance when there's enough nitrogen. Proper lawn care means adding a late-fall application of a slow-release granular 24-0-10 fertilizer. The numbers indicate the percentage by weight of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, respectively. Potassium is also important at this time because it aids in root growth, disease protection, drought tolerance, and cold resistance. (A soil test can tell you how much of each nutrient your lawn actually needs.)
A dense lawn is good protection from weed growth. During your fall lawn care routine, it’s important to overseed existing turf. Doing that fills in thin spots or bare patches, it allows you to introduce the latest in resilient, drought-tolerant grasses. Your fall lawn care routine is the best time to overseed because the ground is still warm, moisture is more plentiful, nights are cool, and the sun is not as hot during the day. However, you can't simply spread seeds over an established lawn and expect them to take hold. The seeds need to be in full contact with the soil, kept moist until they germinate, and be well established before it gets too cold. Rental equipment can save you valuable time and money.
7. Keep a Schedule.
Each of the steps above has to be done at the right time for best results. Otherwise, your efforts will be wasted. For instance, overseed your lawn too late in the season and the seedlings will be too tender to survive. Fertilize too early and the grass will send up tender blades that will get punished by the cold. Fertilize too late and the grass roots won't be able to absorb all those nutrients you're feeding them.
With the help of rental tools from Time Equipment, you can put your lawn care routine in your own hands, which saves you time and money. Rental equipment from Time Equipment help make your project more cost-effective and less time-consuming. Give Time Equipment a call at 605-348-2360 or stop on by our store. We will help you save money on the tools and equipment you need to get the job done.