Fall Lawn Care

Fall Lawn Care

At Top Cut Landscaping, we are proud to help our neighbors design and create beautiful yards. But we don’t want to leave you without the knowledge you need to care for them after the fact. That is why today we want to give you some lawn care tips for this Fall season that will ensure that your landscaping is well cared for and prepared for the upcoming weather changes.

Clean Up Debris

Prep is key. So, the first thing you need to do is make sure your yard is nice and clean. Remove fallen leaves, branches, and other debris from your lawn and garden beds. This helps prevent diseases, pests, and allows for better air circulation.


Apply a layer of mulch around trees, shrubs, and garden beds. Mulch helps retain soil moisture, insulate plant roots, and suppress weed growth. Organic mulches also break down over time, adding nutrients to the soil.

Prune and Trim

Trim dead or diseased branches from trees and shrubs. Fall is also a good time for shaping and pruning, as plants are entering a dormant phase. Be sure to research the specific pruning needs of different plants.

Plant Spring-Blooming Bulbs

If you like spring greeting you with colorful flowers, now is the time to plant those. Plant bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, and crocuses in the fall for a burst of color in the spring. Follow the recommended planting depths and spacing for each type of bulb.


Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to your lawn in the fall. This helps strengthen the grass's roots and provides essential nutrients for the winter months. For flowering plants, use a fertilizer with higher phosphorus content to promote blooming.

Aerate the Soil

If your soil is compacted, consider aerating it in the fall. Aeration improves water and nutrient penetration to the roots and reduces soil compaction, promoting a healthier lawn.

Divide Perennials

Divide and transplant perennials that have become crowded. This helps rejuvenate the plants, encourages better growth, and allows you to expand your garden.


Keep watering your plants until the ground freezes. Well-hydrated plants are better equipped to withstand winter stress. However, be mindful not to overwater, as plants don't need as much water in the cooler fall weather.

Protect Tender Plants

If you have tender plants or new additions to your garden, consider protecting them from frost by covering them with burlap or other frost protection materials.


Add a layer of compost to your garden beds. Compost enriches the soil with organic matter, improving its structure and fertility.

By taking these steps in the fall, you'll set the stage for a healthier and more vibrant landscape when spring arrives. Additionally, proper fall care can help protect your plants from winter stress and ensure they thrive in the coming growing season.

By Top Cut 10-17-2023