Lawn Care Tips for Fall in New Jersey

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus, Nobel Prize winning author and philosopher

Come September, the spectacular colors of New Jersey’s fall foliage will be on full display. If © jonnysek - Fotolia.comyou’re a homeowner, this is the time to fix the wear and tear following a summer of heavy use and prepare your garden for the winter months when it becomes dormant and gloomy. Where to start, what to do? Well, a professional lawn management company will definitely care for your lawn in the following ways.

Blow and rake

There are two reasons why you may want to rid your yard of falling leaves at least once a week. One, for a clean and welcoming look. Second, to ensure that your turf gets the sunlight it needs as it prepares to store food for its long winter’s nap. Falling leaves can block out light and deprive your lawn of much-needed nourishment.

Raking improves your turf’s health and look. It is important to get rid of moss and remove thatch – the dead material between healthy grass. As moss has very shallow roots, it may be a bit difficult to rake it all off. Adding a herbicide is also a necessary part of the process. Another thing you want to do is understand why moss plants are actually cropping up and take suitable action. Moss may grow due to a nutrition deficiency in the soil, low soil pH, too much shade and poor drainage.


In early September, when grass is recovering from the heat and drought, it must be replenished with nitrogen to promote blade growth. Not just grass, but fall is also a good time to fertilize shrubs and trees. This is because the mulch beds in which they stand keep using up nitrogen as they decompose. Moreover, as leaves are raked off beds during the season, plants don’t even get the nutrients released by decomposing leaves.


Fall is the best time for seeding your lawn. In summer, the tender new grass may not be able to withstand the summer heat. The temperature is cooler in fall and the cool air encourages grass to grow a strong root system; there’s quite a bit of rainfall and dew, and enough sunlight; and the soil is warm to promote seed germination. Many gardening experts say that overseeding in the fall can make lawns almost half as thicker next spring. If you find that your lawn is starting to thin out, you can consider reseeding the grass.