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September(Fall) lawn grass care Tips, maintenance, and treatment in the USA

September month is the last month that end with starting of the autumn season in the USA in most regions. This change in temperature affects the lawn grasses(according to their recent growth) whether it is cold climate grass or hot climate lawns.

Here, you will get a guide to taking care of your lawn in September(distinguished for cold and hot climate grasses).

September lawn grass care, maintenance, and treatment in the USA

Weather conditions in September(USA)

In August, the overall temperature of hot regions starts to low down from hot to moderate in the average hotter regions of the USA.

September(FALL) lawn care tips in USA

Following is the average weather of the hot and cold regions of the USA in September-

September weather in hot regions

Following is the week-by-week weather change and the average range in hot regions of the USA-

  • 1st week- Moderate(25 to 28 degrees Celsius)
  • 2nd week- Moderate(22 to 25 degrees Celsius)
  • 3rd week- Moderate to low(22 to 24 degrees Celsius)
  • 4th week- Moderate to low(20 to 22 degrees Celsius) 

September weather in cold region grasses

Following is the week-by-week weather change and range in cooler(not including coldest or too cold) regions of the USA- 

  • 1st week- Low(15 to 18 degrees Celsius)
  • 2nd week- Low(12 to 15 degrees Celsius) 
  • 3rd week- Low(12 to 15 degrees Celsius)
  • 4th week- Low(10 to 13 degrees Celsius)

How does September affect the lawn grass in the USA? 

As September brings the fall season in most of the regions, it affects differently both the cold season and warm season lawn turfs and grasses. 

Impact on cold climate grasses

In September, cold climate lawn grasses enter in cooler months than their recent one. September month is ideal for the peak growth of cold season grasses. Following are the requirements for cold season lawn grasses during September- 

  • Weeding is the first requirement in process of lawn renovation or lawn treatment. Weed appearance is very common on every lawn but even after treatment, weeds appear once again sometimes. Weed creates new problems for lawns especially related to fundamental growth. 
  • During September, overheight of grass creates problems regarding sunlight access in the roots of the turf. To get full growth and start treatment, mowing is a very important need. Most of the time, we keep mowing till the height of 1.5 to 2 inches of lawn grass. 
  • Till September, the cold season lawn grasses faced dynamics in temperature that's why some of the spots are dormant or dried. From here, it is a better time to encourage such grasses to get their peak in the upcoming weeks. So overseeding is a must to encourage cold season crops to get thick and healthy growth.  
  • These grasses ask for whole fertilization in these weeks. To overcome low fertility, better growth, thick turf, and healthy grass, fertilization is very important in September.
  • Till August end, the soil becomes dry and gets stressed on the lawn(cold season). This soil dryness and stress make a barrier thing and cut the supply of moisture, fertilizers, and other components for the turf roots. So before fertilization and irrigation, soil aeration is very important.
  • With the start of the fall, big or small leaves of your lawn trees and shrubs will start to cover your lawn grass. You need to clean all the dry fall leaves from your turf because it creates unwanted mulching. Mulching is unnecessary in fall with cold season crops.
You can also read how to take care of lawn in winter

Impact on hot climate grasses 

On the other hand, hot climate lawn grasses start to get dormant because of temperature down. 

Following are the requirements to get in better conditions for hot season lawn grasses- 

  • In dormancy, warm season lawn turf needs overseeding to recover for the upcoming winter. Overseeding increases the chances of greener turf in the upcoming winter.
  • Like cold season lawn trees and shrubs, warm climate trees and shrubs left their leaves in fall. These leaves work as mulching on the lawn turf, so clean them as soon as possible. Otherwise, it will keep your lawn dormant or maybe your lawn may get fungus or moss. 
  • Before the end of the fall, your lawn asks for cleaning of weeds as soon as possible in starting of September. If you don't clean them, they will get dry and will make ugly brown spots on the green turf in winter. They also affect badly the growth of their neighbor turfs.

Tips to take care of lawn turf and grass in September(fall)

Well, if you know the problems of lawn turf according to their weather and climate conditions, you are 1/4th part done. All the solutions are very similar to the problems that appear till the time and with September. 

Cold climate grasses care

The following tips will help you to take care of lawn and turf treatment- 

  • Lawn weeding 

First, clean all the weeds on your lawn and make it comfortable for further processes. Clean all kinds of invading and non-invading lawn weeds. Liquid weed removals take too much time to kill weeds. So try hand picking method to clean all the weeds as much as possible.

  • Lawn mowing 

After cleaning all the weeds, you need to mow your lawn to make further processes easier. Long lawn grass is difficult to handle if you practice aeration and fertilization on it. 

So mow your lawn turf above 1.5 inches from the turf.

  • Lawn aeration

Aerate your lawn in the first week of September. It will release the soil stress and increase the absorbing capacity of lawn turf. 

  • Lawn turf fertilization 

After aeration in the first week, now you can fertilize your lawn. Use organic fertilizers or (>80%) decomposed compost.

Spread it in the most badly affected areas and the rest of the lawn. 

  • Soil scratching and Overseeding 

After soil fertilization, you can overseed your lawn. Use a long-handle scratching tool and scratch the soil to make space for seeds. Spread seeds(extra) in all the least thick areas and spread seeds too with decreased density in the rest of the lawn. 

After final fertilization, keep your lawn moisture maintain and irrigate regularly. In full sunlight, 1.5 irrigation is enough for better growth. 

Tips to take care of hot climate lawn grasses

Let's get some ideas of things to follow and things to not follow in September(hot climate lawns)- 

Things to not follow in September

  • Don't aerate your lawn turf in September or fall because it is the time when grass enters dormancy after summer. 
  • Don't fertilize your lawn turf in September. It is not required to fertilize the lawn when it gets dormant in September. 
  • Don't use your lawn sprinklers to spray water over the requirement. It is best to not over-irrigate the lawn when it starts changing states(from green to dormancy).
  • Don't set the mowing machine too deep(less than 1 inch) otherwise, you may lose your lawn grass after the dormancy period. 

Tips to follow in September

You can't follow all the lawn care processes in September. It is important to be aware and careful during this period because of lawn turf sensitivity. 

Following are some tips to follow to care lawn in September-

  • Clean all the weeds carefully and root out every single weed by using the hand-picking method. Use of regular liquid weed spray takes too long better to use your hands to pick weeds from roots(Wear safety gloves).
  • Overseed your lawn in empty spots and all the spots to replace weeds with turf. 
  • Reduce the irrigation timings and irrigate your lawn often not regularly. 
  • Clean every dry leaf and dry shrub from the lawn turf regularly. You don't need to keep them as mulching.

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