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Fall has officially begun, and with its arrival comes a new list of yard chores! Be sure to add these to your to-do list to keep your yard healthy throughout the fall and well-prepared for the long winter ahead.

Aeration

Aeration is a great way to boost other lawn care services like fertilization and weed control. This simple process removes thousands of soil cores from your lawn and deposits them above the thatch layer (that’s the layer of dead roots and stems that have accumulated over time). The small holes formed from the soil cores allow water, nutrients, fertilizer, and pest controls to reach the roots of the lawn. These holes also help to decompress compacted soil, which deters water, nutrients, and treatments from reaching turf roots.

Deep Root Feeding

Deep root feeding, also called deep root fertilization, injects the proper plant food into the root zone of the targeted tree or shrub. Proper nourishment is essential for trees and shrubs to thrive. Deep root feeding will improve flowering, increase resistance to disease, and increase the ability for a tree or shrub to fight off an insect attack.

Re-seed

Most Rochester lawns are dry and brown after such a hot summer. Once temperatures cool down and we see some autumn rainfall, grass should recover and turn green once again. But don’t let that lush green appearance fool you – your lawn could still be damaged. If you notice some small areas that are not recovering, you may want to rake and reseed those spots. Be sure to loosen the soil to ensure good seed to soil contact. Try a mixture of Kentucky Bluegrass and Perennial Ryegrass. Don’t forget to water for 3-4 weeks to keep the soil damp. Your new, healthy grass should sprout in about 10 days!

Rake Leaves

The most common cause of snow mold is leaves left on the grass all winter. So, grab your rake and get rid of those leaves! Even if we get an early snowfall, wait for it to melt, and then rake and dispose of the leaves. This is the best way to prevent unsightly snow mold blemishes on your lawn come springtime.

Mulch

Fall is a great time to add mulch to your flower beds and around trees and shrubs. We all know how bitter cold Rochester can get in the winter. Mulch will provide extra protection against snow, ice, and freezing temperatures.

A little extra work this fall will bring out the best in your yard next spring!

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