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26Sep
Tips to Get Your Yard Fall Ready
Community & Lifestyle

With cooler seasons rapidly approaching, you’re probably not spending much time thinking about your lawn. However, autumn is the ideal time to prepare your lawn for next spring! In fact, your lawn needs more care during this time of year because the grass is busily absorbing energy, moisture, and nutrients in preparation for a long, dormant winter. Follow these quick tips to make sure your yard is fall ready.

Keep Mowing

Make sure you continue to water and mow your lawn, as needed, throughout the fall. As the season starts giving way to winter, drop the mower’s blade to its lowest setting for the last two cuttings of the year. Doing this will allow more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass and means there will be less leaf to turn brown during the winter. As a note: when you’re lowering the blade, try no to trim off more than one-third of the grass blades at any one time. To help avoid this, you can gradually lower the cutting height until the time of the final two cuttings.

Aerate the Soil

Fall is the ideal time to aerate your lawn so that oxygen, water, and fertilizer can easily reach the grass’s roots. A walk-behind lawn aerator is self-propelled and will quickly punch holes into the soil and extract plugs of dirt. Of course, if you’ve got a very large yard and don’t feel like aerating it yourself, look into local landscaping contractors to get the job done easily.

Rake the Leaves

Try to stay on top of fallen leaves and remove them from your lawn as soon as possible. You don’t want to wait until they’ve all fallen to the ground to start raking, otherwise, the leaves will become wet from rain and morning dew. This causes them to stick together and form an impenetrable mat that, if left unmoved, will suffocate the grass and breed fungal diseases. If you absolutely can’t stand raking, use a lawnmower fitted with a collection bag or vacuum system.

Fertilize

If you fertilize your lawn only once a year, be sure to do it in the fall. Grass leaves grow much more slowly as the weather turns cool, but their roots continue to grow quickly. A fall application of fertilizer will deliver essential nutrients for the grass to grow deep roots and will help to keep nutrients on reserve for a healthy start next spring. Wait until mid-to-late fall, then apply a dry lawn fertilizer to all grassy areas using a walk-behind drop spreader. It may take a little longer, but a drop spreader provides the best way to apply an even, consistent layer of fertilizer.

Weed Control

If weeds like dandelions have taken over your lawn, now’s the time to fight back! Like most plants, weeds are in the energy-absorbing mode during the fall. This means that they’re drinking in everything that comes their way, including weed killers. If you apply an herbicide now, those weeds won’t return in the spring.

There you have it! With these 5 tips, you’ll have your lawn all set for a great fall season. The wonderful thing about starting in the fall is if you give your lawn a little attention now, you’ll be rewarded with a lush, healthy lawn in the spring! Be sure to follow Falconcrest Homes’ blog series for more helpful tips and tricks like these.

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13Sep
6 Ways To Make Your Living Room Cozier for Autumn
Design & Decor

We all tend to spend more time indoors when autumn hits. With this in mind, we have a few ideas on how to make your living room even cozier for this season of comfy sweaters and pumpkin-spice everything.

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02Nov
Our Favourite Outdoor Places in Durham to Hike and Visit This Fall
Community & Lifestyle

Favourite Outdoor Places in Durham

 

Autumn air is fresh and sweet, providing the perfect temperature to get out into the forest and enjoy the beauty of nature while getting some exercise with your family and friends. Durham region is known for its rolling hills and picturesque landscapes with hiking trails for people of all ages. This year, enjoy the great outdoors by visiting one of our favourite outdoor places in Durham to hike or visit this fall!

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19Oct
Our Favourite Outdoor Spaces to Enjoy in Oshawa and Whitby This Fall
Community & Lifestyle

Oshawa and Whitby This Fall

 

The long, hot days of summer have passed, leaving cooler temperatures that offer you and your family the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors together. Surrounded by natural landscapes and breathtaking views, Oshawa and Whitby are the perfect locations for you and your family to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Spend some quality time with the ones you love and be sure to check out some of our favourite outdoor spaces to enjoy in Whitby and Oshawa this fall.

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What to do in Milton in Fall
26Oct
What to do in Milton in Fall Months
Community & Lifestyle

The summer has come and passed, giving way to the gorgeous hues of red and yellow that autumn has to offer. Milton is a fantastic place to spend the fall, because of the many activities available in the surrounding area, even after the heat and summer sunshine have disappeared. The following are some suggestions for what to do in Milton in the fall months.

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