The Ultimate Fall Checklist: 5 Things You Can do to Get the Perfect Lawn

October 6, 2022

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Looking to get the perfect lawn this upcoming spring? Now’s the time to prep! Planting grass, overseeding your lawn in the winter are some of the best things you can do to keep your lawn looking healthy, vibrant, and lush year-round. 

Follow these five steps this fall to overwinter your lawn and ensure beautiful new growth in the spring:

Plant New Grass

Even though spring is usually seen as the best time to start planting, your lawn will actually benefit more from fall seeding than in the spring. When you plant grass seed in the fall, you’re more likely to get natural grass growth and less weed interference. Plus, you won’t have to worry about a patchy lawn when the snow melts! To ensure your grass takes root and develops, always make sure to prep your soil by raking it over and giving those seeds a good soak.

Colder Weather is Best for Local Grasses

overseeding lawn

Up here, local grasses like bluegrass, ryegrass, and buffalo grass prefer cooler temperatures for growing. Fall is the perfect time to plant new grass seeds since temperatures are just starting to drop, and the sun isn’t nearly as harsh as it would be during the summer or spring.

The Soil is Moister in Autumn

overseeding lawn

In addition to gentler sunshine, fall usually comes with dew in the mornings and a bit of rain– this added moisture in the air and soil is perfect for baby plants that need lots of moisture to grow and spread their roots. By planting your grass seed in the fall, your grass will develop roots that reach deeper into the soil, providing a more lush and durable lawn.


overseeding lawn

Even if your yard is looking pretty nice this fall, it’s always a good idea to overseed. Overseeding, or the process of adding grass seed to already existing grassy areas, is a great way to keep your lawn looking thick and vibrant while also pushing out any chances for weeds to grow. This procedure is an excellent chemical-free, long-term solution for weeds popping up on your lawn.

Overseeding with a variety of local grasses will also keep your lawn drought-resistant, disease-free, and it will provide the ecosystem with more diversity!

Fertilizing in Preparation for Winter

fertilizing lawn

A good practice to get into with yard work (and gardening in general) is to prepare your outdoor plants for the snow and ice. This includes your grass! The best way to overwinter your lawn is to provide it with good soil aeration and plenty of nitrogen-rich fertilizer, so it will have plenty of nutrients to carry it through the cold months. To fertilize, simply do as you normally would in the spring.

Aerate Your Soil

lawn aeration

Aerating your soil basically means churning it up a little so air can get through the dirt without difficulty. Unless you have the proper equipment, you’ll need to call someone to go over your lawn. Soil aeration is a fantastic way to improve your lawn drainage, so the grass won’t sit in wet patches and contract root rot. The aeration is also great for removing any thatch between your grass’ roots and the soil.

Keep Your Leaves

rake in yard of leaves

This next point is a bit tricky, since there’s mixed messages everywhere about the benefits of leaving your fallen leaves on your lawn. Here’s our definitive answer:

  • Yes, you should keep raking your leaves, especially if you have lots of trees on your property. A leaf layer that’s too thick will smother your grass. 
  • Instead, save your leaves and shred them. They make excellent natural fertilizer! Sprinkling a thin layer of shredded leaves over your grass will allow the leaves to decompose and provide nutrients for your soil, but the leaves won’t smother your turf. 

This step is completely optional, but can really benefit your yard’s overall appearance in the future. Just note that if you have any diseased trees, it’s best to safely dispose of the leaves to prevent further infection.

Keep on Mowing

mowing lawn

Our final recommendation for the perfect lawn is simple: keep mowing. Your grass doesn’t enter its dormancy period until frost comes and the ground freezes, so trimming your grass regularly is a great way to encourage further root growth. When you mow in the fall, however, adjust your blade just a bit so your grass isn’t as short as it would be in the summertime. 

And there you have it! These steps will help you get your lawn ready for winter and looking nice year-round, when you can see it. Once the snow melts, your yard will thank you! For lawn maintenance, including fertilization and aeration services, contact us for a consultation today!

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If you are not completely satisfied with an All American Turf Beauty application to your lawn, we will re-apply the application at no additional cost and continue the regular lawn treatment program. Alternately, we will fully refund your cost for the application and cancel any further obligation on your part.

To qualify for the guarantee, you must call All American Turf Beauty within 30 days of application.

Our goal at All American Turf Beauty, Inc. is a simple one:

To provide you with the highest quality products and methods available.

We offer every kind of service that it takes to develop and maintain a beautiful lawn in Iowa based on the climate, soil types, and the varieties of grass that are commonly grown here.

One of the keys to the success of the program is that we provide treatment to lawns approximately every 8 weeks throughout the growing season. This ensures that the grass has fertilizer (food) available throughout the growing season. Dandelions and other Broadleaf weeds are controlled as they germinate thus enabling a weed free lawn, and our Turf Specialist is at the property four to six times per season to address problems as and when they arise.

Another key to our service is our people. The most important person to you in our company is the Turf Specialist assigned to treat your lawn.

We are proud to say that our Turf Specialists are the best trained and most experienced in the lawn care industry.

When you become a customer at All American Turf Beauty, a Turf Specialist is assigned to your account. You will have the same person treating your lawn each time. It is their responsibility to service your lawn, make sure it is receiving the correct applications as scheduled, and to provide you with the best personalized service possible. Their jobs depend on it.

We have several programs to choose from. Your Turf Specialist will recommend the best program that fits the needs of your lawn and your budget.


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