By properly taking care of your lawn in the fall, you prepare it for a healthy and boisterous start in the spring. In turn, this means less future hassle and less wondering why your lawn isn’t flourishing like it should. 

So, what should you be doing in the fall? Here are our top fall lawn care tips to get you started!

Rake The Leaves

Or use a blower to get rid of them. If you don’t get rid of the leaves before the snow comes, it will kill your lawn. It blocks the light from reaching the grass and traps moisture underneath. Make sure you do this every year!

Continue to Mow and Water Your Lawn

Keeping the leaves in check is step 1. Step 2 is keeping up with the mowing and watering of your lawn. The grass doesn’t necessarily stop growing with slightly cooler weather. In fact, it may continue to grow up until that first frosty night. Regularly mowing will keep your lawn healthy. Further, if rain isn’t in the forecast, continue to water your lawn. A lot of people make the mistake of quitting mowing and watering too early - then they wonder where they went wrong come springtime. 

Aerate Your Lawn

Fall aeration is ideal. It prevents the soil from becoming too compacted, and also helps keep your lawn in tip-top shape by allowing ways for fertilizer and water to get through. Try to make aeration an annual affair. If not every year, aim for at least every 2 years to get your lawn aerated.

Go Ahead and Fertilize 

Not many people are aware that fertilizing your lawn in the fall is just important as fertilizing it in the spring. It sets you up for a healthy lawn come springtime of the following year. Get into the habit of doing this in the fall, as well as the spring.

Pull the Weeds and Add the Seed

Pull up any weeds leftover before the snow and frost set in. And make sure to add new grass seeds to encourage growth in the spring. It will also help prevent those bare and unhealthy patches from forming after the snow melts. 

Have an Irrigation System? It is Time to Winterize

Properly closing your irrigation system before the freezing winter temperatures come is one of the most important components in maintaining your irrigation system. 

Make sure to follow the above fall lawn care tips to achieve a healthy and hassle-free lawn come spring. Your future self will thank you for it!


Trevor Lively, CIC, CLIA, CIT, CCC is the general manager of Blue Jay Irrigation in London, Ontario. Trevor has been working in the irrigation industry for over 19 years. Blue Jay provides sprinkler system installations & maintenance, landscape lighting and more to residential and commercial properties across Ontario.