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3 Must-Do's to Successfully Prep Your Lawn for Fall

Halloween and harvest-themed decorations are filling the shelves of stores everywhere and coffee shops are beginning to carry pumpkin-flavored drinks. It’s only early September, but Fall is in the air. As the seasons change, it’s important to stay on top of your lawn maintenance to ensure your lawn is prepared for cooler temperatures just a few weeks away.

We’ve rounded up three tips to keep top of mind as you prepare your turf for Fall.

Aeration and Topdressing

After months of brutal summer temperatures, your lawn has experienced soil compaction and heat stress. If your soil is compacted, necessary air, hydration, and nutrients aren’t able to properly reach the roots of your turf which causes thinning, brown, or dead spots throughout your lawn. ⁠

Aeration opens up the soil to air, water, and nutrients, and gives your turfgrass roots the space to grow deeper and stronger- which is exactly what you need for a beautiful and healthy lawn!⁠ Aerating in the fall will help your lawn be green and healthy for the next year. Topdressing is done to smooth rough lawn areas and improve the soil by adding a layer of sand or organic compost blends to your turf based on your lawn specific needs. These tasks are most effective when professional machinery and materials are used, and our friends over at Level Lawns are the guys to call to get the job done.

Tidy Your Turf

Early fall is a great time to rid your lawn of layers of plant debris and sticks. This allows your lawn to breathe by removing excess materials that can inhibit water and oxygen from reaching your turf roots. As the leaves begin to Fall, stay on top of your raking as leaves can block sunlight from reaching your grass, prevent growth, and cause a moist, fungus friendly environment underneath.


If you want your lawn to look lush and green, fertilize in the fall. fall is the most important time of year to fertilize for a healthy lawn as it provides your lawn with the blend of nutrients it needs to thrive throughout the winter season and grow strong in the spring. Most grass is classified as either “cool season” for northern climates, or “warm season,” for southern regions. However, the Upstate, SC is a region that is home to both types. Every lawn is different so to make sure your lawn gets exactly what it needs, call in the Turf Doctors to ensure your lawn is getting the right mix of nutrients at the right time.

What makes Turf Doctor different? ⁠

Unlike our competitors, you won't find a "one-size-fits-all" approach here. ⁠

What you will find are educated and certified turf specialists who take a custom approach to your lawn. ⁠With the Turf Doctor RX, our signature fertilization program, we take the guesswork out of achieving a healthy, green turf.⁠

Get started with a complimentary lawn assessment and quote by calling us at 864-777-TURF or by filling out the form below!

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