Fall Landscaping Checklist

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook has prepared a do-it-yourself checklist for fall cleanup, beginning with aerating the lawn. If rainfall pools up on the grass, it is time to aerate compressed soil water so water and nutrients can reach the roots. A garden fork may work for smaller yards, but Cook suggests using a walk-behind aerator to pull out deeper soil plugs, which will break down naturally by the spring. Next, apply a high-phosphorus (12-25-12) mix to your lawn so that the turn greens up earlier the following spring. Lastly, and this won’t be a popular one, but be sure to mow your lawn one last time. Disease has a harder time with shorter grass, plus fallen leaves blow across the lawn easier with shorter grass. Continue reading these fall preparation tips from This Old House.