It has been a slow cool-down this year as we have transitioned into fall, with many recent days still reaching into the 80s with little rainfall. This has been a little confusing and stressful for both our lawns and plants alike. 

The benefit of lesser rainfall is that we have seen a less than usual amount of fungus this season in comparison to what we typically see this time of year. However, we are still seeing some fungus development, so it is important to keep an eye out for any discoloration and spreading patterns in the lawn. 

If you haven’t already, now is a great time to apply a preventative blanket fungicide.

As growing season has almost come to an end, there are quite a few ways to keep the lawn healthy throughout its dormancy period. It is time to slow down your mowing schedule. Your lawn will benefit by being mowed less, as well as being left at a higher than usual height through the winter. 

This allows the blades of grass to store more of the valuable nutrients that they need in order to protect their roots from damaging winter temperatures. 

Throughout the upcoming season, be sure to rake or blow leaves off your lawn regularly. Excessive leaf coverage on the lawn can trap moisture, which can accelerate potential fungal development. 

You can also add additional nutrients to your soil by mulching your leaves with a mower from time to time, which will boost the overall health of your turf. You might also want to consider putting out some potassium for a more resilient root system this winter.

Wintertime is not a time in which you will see a lot of major change in the lawn, but it is a great time for analyzing and planning for next growing season. There may be a few areas that didn’t quite fill in as you had hoped, and now is a good time to analyze why the desired result was not achieved and what can be done to best benefit the lawn next year. 

Now is a great time to pull soil samples to determine if a PH adjustment is needed, and how much of what fertilizer to apply in the spring.  If you have any limbs on the property that need to be cut back or possible drainage that needs to be put in place, now is the time to do so without damaging the lawn while its growing. 

It’s the holiday season – a time to relax and spend time with those you love. We believe you should also love your lawn. These seasonal tips will help your lawn to thrive moving into the colder weather, so you can spend more time doing the things you love and less time worrying about your lawn. 

Remember to turn off your irrigation system and keep leaves to a minimum. Don’t worry! We will update when its time to turn the systems back on next year. Happy Thanksgiving!

Mark Deloach is the owner of Lawn Doctor of Beaufort County.