Believe it or not, fall is here in Beaufort, SC!   When it comes to property landscaping in the fall, few of us consider doing more than raking the fallen leaves when the lawn starts going brown. Sometimes we get lazy and don't rake until winter, or even at all.

The preparation for green lawns begins when you know your grass has stopped growing.  At this point, you should consider your soil.  If your grass didn't look so hot the previous summer, soil PH could be the reason.  Soil that is too acidic won't work with the fertilizer that you thought would make your lawn lush and green.

Once you know where you stand with your soil, consider your grass.  Do you have a patchy lawn or is it in need of a total overhaul?  Also consider whether you want to seed or use sod.  If you intent to seed, the optimum time depends on the climate you live in.  According to the National Turfgradd Evaluation Program, the best time to plant seed is early fall and  the best seeds to plant are Kentucky Bluegrass, Fine Fescue and Bermuda. No matter the planting time dictated by your geography, a successful seeding depends on preparation. 

After you have evaluated your soil and grass, you should take these steps next:

1. Prepare the ground.  The soil should be turned over to a depth of 12 inches and any weeds or large roots should be removed.  The are should be gently leveled.  At this point, the soil should be lightly packed down by treading over the area,  Wait a week or two if possible, picking any weeds that sprout in the prepared area.

2. Sow your seeds.  The seed you choose should be based on the climate, type of soil and the amount of shade vs. sunlight in the area.  The seed can be spread by hand, by using a handheld spreader for small areas or the larger wheeled grass spreader for larger areas.  You should remember not to over-seed any one area. The proper coverage is about 12 to 16 seeds per square inch.  Don't forget to press the seed into the soil.  The final step is to use a fine screened compost over the area.

3. Don't forget to look up.  If you have brushes or trees in the yard, they probably need to be trimmed.  Also, be sure to water your evergreens so that they don't dehydrate in the winter.

4. Don't forget to have fun with fall and winter curb appeal.  When all the work is done preparing for a lush spring lawn, there is no good reason why your rental property needs to be uninviting just because it is fall.  Consider pumpkins on the stoop, perhaps some potted flowers or a tasteful yard decoration here and there.  Your flower beds can draw the eye with festive colored mulch and perhaps a mum or two.

It may seem like wasted effort when it comes to caring for a seemingly dead lawn and flower beds long past their prime, but when spring comes around again, your newly green landscape will thank you.

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