Summer might be almost over, but that doesn’t mean your landscaping should be. Late summer and early fall is an ideal time to rejuvenate your lawn. Obtaining a beautiful lawn takes time and effort. By taking the proper steps for lawn maintenance now, you’ll reap the benefits of having a fresh, lush landscape in the upcoming spring.  

Maintaining your landscape is a must year-round; don’t hold it off as a springtime task. Keeping up with your lawn and flower beds throughout the year is imperative to keep them healthy and reduce labor. Read on to learn the common end-of-summer landscaping needs that are often required. 

End-of-Summer Landscaping  

Seeding Your Lawn

Sowing seed is recommended if your lawn is damaged and the soil is exposed. New seeds germinate in the late summer or early fall if kept moist. The landscape determines the kind of seed you need.

Controlling Weeds

While annual weeds die in the first fall hard frost, perennials are best controlled during the fall months. Weeds can be removed by hand, but it’s often a short-term solution since they tend to regenerate quickly. Broadleaf herbicides offer the most effective control for nuisance weeds. 

Stimulate Growth with Fertilizer

Fertilizer promotes the growth of established turf and assists in thickening sparse patches. Healthy, thick lawns also combat weed growth. To ensure your lawn is vigorous, fertilizer applications in the late fall can help the yard develop a tougher root system with a vibrant green color in the spring. 

Aerating the Lawn to Help Seedlings

Removing core chunks of soil without disrupting the turf is important for circulation. Aeration is typically performed in the fall months to loosen dirt and prevent thatch expansion. When extensive seeding is required, lawn aerating is recommended to allow better germination of the seeds.

Keep Your Landscape Hydrated

Keeping your lawn hydrated throughout the summer is vital, as most plants are still growing their roots late in the season and preparing for the cooler months. Ensuring the roots stay watered means healthy root growth and more robust plants in the spring.

Prevent Fungal Growth

Avoid leaving grass clippings and thatch build-up on the lawn, as this fosters fungus growth. The combination of cooler temperatures along with blocked sunlight at the ground level creates a perfect environment for fungus to thrive. 

Pruning to Maintain Health and Tidiness

Anything that looks dead or dried out should be deadheaded or removed. Parts of trees, shrubs, bushes, and other plants should also be trimmed. All wilted flowers should be cut off to keep gardens tidy and encourage new growth.

Remember, even the most stunning lawns aren’t naturally so. Creating and nurturing a beautiful landscape demands dedication and hard work. Implementing these steps now can rejuvenate your property and prime it for the upcoming spring and summer.

Landscaping doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Contact the pros at T&T Property Maintenance to discover how we can help you create beautiful outdoor spaces for your business.  


T&T Property Maintenance has been visualizing, creating, and maintaining commercial properties since 1997. We offer a vast number of services for our clients, including lawn and landscape maintenance, irrigation set up and repair, fertilization, weed and pest control, snow plowing and salting, and tree trimming and stump grinding. We are licensed with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, so you can rest assured we will do the job right – every time. We work with commercial businesses of any size and offer our services in seasonal or yearly packages, and a la carte. For over 20 years, we believe a satisfied customer is the only kind of customer. Call or e-mail us to learn more.

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