Fall is here and like many, we are excited about it. In the Omaha lawn care world, this time of year means a transition away from summer maintenance to preparation before winter. As the weather turns more unpredictable, it can be challenging, but we know that what we do now will impact your lawn’s health and beauty next spring, so we embrace the ups and downs. It’s no secret that we love it actually and can even name five reasons why fall really is the best time of year.
You and your mower get to sleep in
Hello sweater weather and goodbye to shirtless neighbors mowing early Saturday mornings! You finally get to sleep in (hopefully) and take a break from mowing weekly as your lawn becomes dormant. According to Home for the Harvest, “grass stops growing in the fall when daytime temperatures tend to stay below 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit. While it remains alive at temperatures below this range, growth is far too slow to require mowing.”
This pattern of warm temperatures during the day and cooler at night can last through November, so September is a great time to overseed your lawn. This allows time for the grass seed to establish before winter. Even after the temperatures dip, dormant grass seed planting can be a great alternative. To learn more about dormant grass seed planting, check out our past blog, “It’s not too late for fall aeration, dormant seeding and topdressing with compost.”
Breathtaking colors don’t have to be back-breaking
We asked people what they loved most about fall. Time and again we heard about the beautiful colors from leaves as they turn from green to rich shades of yellow, orange and red. The colors can be breathtaking but raking the leaves for hours can be back breaking. We are here to assure you that you can stop raking and simply enjoy the colors of fall! The Washington Post interviewed Sam Bauer, a turf grass researcher at the University of Minnesota. He agrees and says “the best thing to do with your leaves may be to forget about raking and bagging, and simply go over them with a lawnmower from time to time.” He goes on to say, “the leaves have organic matter in them, you’re adding good organic matter to your soil when you’re not picking them up.”
Imagine how much your lawn will benefit from the nutrients it receives from leaf matter, especially after aeration, overseeding and topdressing with compost. You can kick back and enjoy the beauty of the season and know that your lawn is getting what it needs to thrive.
Singing in the rain
What a glorious feeling to not have to water your lawn as much as during the summer. As the temperatures cool, the evaporation rate decreases, so your lawn can go longer periods without watering. This past summer has been particularly dry though, so keep an eye out for signs of drought conditions. Reducing the amount of watering doesn’t mean stopping completely. Your lawn still needs to be watered from time to time, especially if rain averages are less than an inch per week. With rainy, fall days hopefully right around the corner, you may be able to skip the daily routine and extend it to weekly though. This means less work (and expense) when it comes to irrigating your lawn. Keep in mind that a recently aerated lawn allows for the best water absorption, so call if you need to schedule. To learn more about our aeration services and why it matters, visit our website.
Wait a minute
Like the saying goes, “if you don’t like the weather in Nebraska, wait five minutes and it will change.” Well, maybe this is an adaptation from Mark Twain’s famous quote, “if you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” Either way, it is fitting because the weather in Nebraska has shown us time and again that it can change dramatically within the span of a week. Take a couple weeks ago as an example. We went from 100 degree days with no rain to 50 degree temperatures with non-stop rain. Whatever condition you like, you will most likely get to experience it during a Nebraska fall and that is why we feel fall is the best season. Are you a sweatshirt and shorts kind of person? Perfect! More importantly, the varied temperatures allow you to get out and enjoy your lawn in a different way than during the sizzling days of summer. Firepits at night and cool mornings with a warm blanket taking in the crisp autumn air are some of our favorite fall activities.
The number one reason we are thrilled it is fall is because that means soon it will be 2021 and we are optimistic that it is going to be a great year! Everyone can agree that the keyword for 2020 was “unprecedented.” For many it was a very challenging year and although we don’t know what the future holds, we have made it through to now and look forward to seeing what positivity 2021 brings.
Paradise Lawns is a locally owned and operated business in the Omaha metro area. We value our clients and look forward to helping you achieve the lawn of your dreams. Our organic lawn care services provide a safe and effective way to create and maintain a healthy lawn that you can truly enjoy. If you haven’t already, call Paradise Lawns at 402-612-1527 or contact us to schedule your aeration, overseeding and topdressing with compost before winter. We would love to hear from you.