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What Does My Yard Need This Fall in Cache Valley?

a park walkway in the fall with leaves all over the ground4 Things You Should Focus On For Yard Care This Fall

The drought this summer has made yard care a hassle for a lot of people. There just isn’t enough water to go around and it’s left many people rethinking their landscape designs. Not everyone has been able to just up and redo their entire yard to make it more water efficient, though. A lot of us still have large lawns and yards to manage.

So, now that summer is ending and we’re finally getting some rain in Cache Valley, what should we focus on for yard care as we move into the fall season? Here’s what CV Lawn King told us.

1. Weeds

One thing that grass does really well is choke out other plants. In any context other than a lawn, grass itself would be considered a weed because it does this so well. With the drought weakening the grass from lack of water, though, that leaves more room for weeds to get a foothold. Given that grass is weakest during summer in normal seasons, it’s not a good idea to go after weeds in the heat of July and August. It stresses the gras out and can do more damage than good.

As we move into the fall season, however, that changes. As we start to get some rain, the grass grows stronger. That makes fall the perfect time to go after those weeds. You’ll want to get rid of them before snowfall so they don’t incubate over the winter. This will save you a lot of trouble next spring.

2. Repairing Damage

While you’re out killing the weeds, you should be taking steps to repair damage caused by the drought. You may have patches of dead grass or bare soil, either because of the lack of water, or because the weeds took over too strongly. If this has happened, fall will be the time to replant it.

Fall is the perfect time to replant because the cooler soil holds moisture better and encourages stronger root growth. It will also give your grass time to get a foothold before winter. When spring comes, it will be ready to come back stronger than ever. This also applies to replanting or trimming trees and shrubs. Cooler weather makes it easier to avoid transplantation shock, so fall is a good time to make sure it’s good for next spring.

3. Getting Landscape Redesign Projects Going

The drought this year was pretty bad. Before you go heaving a sigh of relief that it’s over, remember that seasons are a cycle. Summer’s going to come back and that means we may have another drought next year. It’s impossible to say if it will be better or worse next summer, but either way, we live in a desert. We should be prepping for water shortages.

That means we ought to be doing some rethinking of our yards and adding features that reduce the need for water. Given that fall’s a good time to transplant things, that means its a good time to make some changes to the landscape. All the reasons that make it good for repairing damage make it good for changing or adding features that make our yards more water efficient. Those of us who have the ability to do so ought to look into it.

4. Routine Maintenance

While you’re doing all these extra chores, don’t forget the routine yard maintenance. You should continue mowing your lawn up to snowfall to keep your grass under control. Fall season means leaves, which need to be raked up. While we can expect to see more rain now that summer’s over, that doesn’t mean there will be enough of it to support our lawns until the beginning of winter, so keep up with efficient watering schedules. Yard care is work, no matter what season it is. Keeping on top of things not only makes your yard look better, it avoids problems in the future.

Keep It Up!

I’m loving the sight of rain outside my window as I write this. That’s always a good sign, but it doesn’t mean the drought is over. All that rain is just catching up to the water we lost during the drought – and not even by all that much. We’re going to need to see really heavy snowfall this winter to avoid a water shortage again next year. I wouldn’t count on it, though; we might have a heavy winter, but you can never predict it. Now’s the time to be making sure we get our yards in good condition so that they grow back strong next spring, ready to survive another hot, harsh summer. While we’re at it, we can make adjustments to reduce our yard’s reliance on water to help reduce the impact of the water shortages we’re experiencing.