My Guide to Lawn & Garden Maintenance in the Fall (Autumn)

By Brian Mounts | May 26, 2021
Lawn And Garden Fall Maintenance

The fall is the perfect time to do lots of tasks that we are tempted to do in the Spring and Summer.

Of course there are obvious tasks that occur in the Fall too and I have a lot of published articles covering different tasks that should be done after summer comes to an end.

Lawn Care in the Fall

The fall can be one of the busiest times of the year for lawn care if you want to prepare for the next growing season. Not only do cool season grass varieties go through another surge in top growth during the fall their root systems must also prepare for the dormancy state they are about to enter in the winter.

With fertilization, over-seeding, and watering schedules, and the cleanup of leaves and pine needles all wrapped around your regular chores of mowing and trimming it can be hard to stay on top of it all.

Below is a list of articles on this site each dedicated to many different Fall lawn care topics. Each should help you better understand what you need to be doing in the fall and how to get it done right.

When to Stop Watering the Lawn in the Fall
We water our lawns all season long to ensure our grass gets the necessary water to stay alive, growing, and green. In the Spring watering is typically less necessary because growing conditions are ideal, especially for cool season grass types. In the summer a watering schedule can keep your grass from going into dormancy but during the fall we expect winter dormancy to arrive so when do you turn the sprinklers off? Here I discuss this topic and all the related factors that come into play.

Leaf Litter Isn’t All Bad
In the fall when the trees shed all of their leaves the social norm dictates that we rake the leaves up and remove them from the lawn before winter truly takes hold. Although there are obvious reasons to keep of the leaf litter from the yard there are also a handful of good reasons to leave some of it behind. A little bit of leaf litter isn’t all that bad, here’s why.

Autumn Yard Cleanup

One of the main chores that comes with autumn is cleaning up all the debris that your nearby trees shed. For the most part this consists of leaves, pine needles, and bark.

The Best Rated Rakes for Pine Needles
If you have evergreen trees in your yard then you know how much of a pain pine needles can be come fall and winter. Although the trees stay green throughout the year they still shed a lot of debris that must be cleaned up in the fall and late winter before the spring growing season gets going. Rakes tend to do great for leaves but pine needles are harder to deal with. Here is my list of rakes that are best for dealing with this specific type of debris.

The Top Yard Vacuums for Pine Needles
Some pine trees drop long pine needles that can be easy to rake up and bag but many others drop tiny needles that are nearly impossible to rake up. Left untouched they make it very uncomfortable to walk on or play on and over time the needles that break down can make your soil acidic which can be detrimental to plant or lawn growth. For areas under pine trees that drop tiny needles yard vacuums can be a necessity. On this page I have reviewed some of the best yard vacuums and selected my favorites for picking up pine needles and other yard debris.

The Best Ways to Pick Up Pine Needles
If you have pine needles in your yard there are different ways to clean them up every season. In most cases the best way to pick them up will depend on the type you have and the amount of debris you are dealing with. On this page I give you my thoughts on cleaning up your yard in the fall after the pine needles start hitting the lawn.

Leaf Blower FAQs

Leaf Blower CFM vs MPH
When shopping for your first leaf blower the specs can be misleading unless you already know a bit about these types of garden tools. Some leaf blowers are stronger than others and just because a blower has a high MPH spec doesn’t mean it’s the best or most powerful. CFM is actually a better measure of a blowers capabilities but it’s less easy to understand. In this article I explain the differences between the two specs on the side of the leaf blower’s box.

More to follow.