Autumn in Tennessee means one thing… football! Usually. But this is 2020 and there is nothing “usual” about this year. One more thing that remains up in the air is football, from the NFL to college football, high school and even your child’s youth football league. But take heart! We still have some hard-hitting tackles for you, regardless of the state of football. The following are five fall yard projects you can kick off to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Let’s keep your yard in beautiful condition – in between backyard football games!
Go on The Offensive on These Fall Yard Projects
Play #1: Tackle New Planting
Fall is an ideal time for planting and not just laying new grass seed. Blooming bulbs, trees and shrubs, as well as fall foliage such as mums, thrive with fall planting. Because the soil is still warm, the roots can develop. And the cooler temperatures and plentiful rainfall means less stress for the plants than experienced in the harsher summer temperatures.
Play #2: Tackle Aeration
Aeration breaks up clumps, allows better air and water flow, and encourages nutrients to feed newly seeded grass. You can use aeration shoes on smaller yards, embracing the beautiful weather. Or, for larger lawns, you can rent a gas aerator. Turf Managers also offers aeration and overseeding services, along with numerous other fall services for your yard.
Play #3: Tackle Feeding and Seeding
Fall is the perfect time to make sure your lawn is green and lush come spring. Fertilize and seed bald patches. Feeding the grass will help it continue to thrive. Feeding the lawn in the cool fall temperatures helps strengthen the blades of grass after they have weakened under the blazing summer sun.
Showcase Your Defense on These Fall Yard Projects
Play #4: Tackle Debris
Removing debris such as fallen leaves is important to keeping your lawn in top condition for spring, not to mention keeping it safe and fun all fall long. Whether you choose to rake and remove, mow and mulch or use as mulch and compost for gardens and flower beds, diminishing the impact of large fallen leaves not only allows ongoing air and sunlight to reach your grass, it also makes sure the grass has plenty of traction without being slippery for the backyard games.
Play #5: Tackle Dead Plants and Trim Foliage
As summer wanes, you can evaluate which plants bloomed well versus which ones either didn’t fare so well. Notice any dead branches? If you’re not sure, scratch the bark at the base of the suspected plant or tree. If you do not see green (a sign of life), that plant or segment of the plant may be dead. Be patient with yourself as you remove the shrubs, plants or trees. It could be a decent undertaking but it doesn’t have all get accomplished in one day. Just as you have multiple opportunities to move the ball, you don’t need to get a touchdown on the first down.
Put Us in Coach for Your Fall Yard Projects
While we certainly are with you in hoping football is played this fall, we’re also ready to help with your fall yard projects. At Turf Managers, we offer a myriad of services to help you tackle your landscaping list. Call 615-269-7706 now for a consult.
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