WHY FALL IS THE BEST TIME TO RENOVATE YOUR LAWN

rain on grassWhen it comes to renovating your lawn, you got to understand as much as you have everything ready, Mother Nature isn’t concerned and interested in any of them. Of course you’ve prepared your soil, bought the best grass seed, planned your lawn fertilization program, and prepared the best irrigation system. But, remember you can’t just walk out there anytime and start renovating your damaged lawn.

Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about when to renovate your lawn. Fall has always been the best time to get out and start renovating your lawn. Here are a few reasons why you need to renovate your lawn during this time.

It’s not as hot as during summer

Most homeowners tend to use cool-season turf grasses such as ryegrasses, fescues, and bluegrass. You realize that it’s usually not as hot as during summer meaning that these grasses have optimum temperatures for seed germination, leaf growth, and root growth. Now, someone can argue that we can still have these optimum conditions in spring. Well, remember summer is almost and the fact that the grasses are not yet fully mature means the heat and humidity of summer can affect them. As a matter of fact, spring seedlings will be more vulnerable to the summer heat and drought stress. In fall, however, the temperatures continue cooling as rain comes. These allow the seedlings to develop and grow healthy.

It typically rains and weeds don’t have the advantage over the grass seed

If you’ve always been tracking rainfall, you’ll agree to the fact that fall months are usually among the wettest months of the year. Also note that dry conditions may prevail as well but things can get back to normal.

When it comes to spring seeding, we’ve already indicated that there’s less time for the new grass seedlings to mature fully before the summer heat and drought stress starts. Furthermore, planting grass seed during this time would mean that you’ll have to contend with weeds since they have the upper hand competitively.

The increasing temperatures provide the perfect conditions for weeds such as crabgrass which ends up choking out the grasses you’re trying to grow. These weeds deprive your grass water, light, and nutrients and in a few months, your lawn will have been overtaken by these unsightly visitors. Do you know why you should plant in fall? Because weeds such as crabgrass are dying during this time according to its lifecycle. Despite the fact that you might have some weeds growing in your lawn during fall, the grass can outcompete the weeds since its growing at its optimum.

Hardening off

During fall, the grasses tend to harden off for the winter season that’s around the corner. They develop a strong root zone that won’t disappear during summer.