It never fails; each year the neighbours down the street compete to see how can grow the thickest, greenest, weed-free grass on the block in the pursuit of neighbourhood lawn supremacy! In such a fierce battle, the slightest edge can make all the difference. We have a few tips that could have you standing proudest on the block this year.

Early fall is an excellent time of year to top dress and overseed your existing lawn. It will give the grass time to establish before snowfall, ensuring a vigour lawn the following spring. Even though it is cooling down outside, new seed still needs plenty of water until it is well established.

Fall (September-October) is an ideal time to apply a low nitrogen fertilizer to your lawn. It will encourage good root growth and the grass will store the nutrients for spring growth.

Keep your lawn free of leaves by raking often; leaf buildup will rob your lawn of much needed sunlight.

Leaves and twigs on the ground may also contribute to lawn and tree fungal infections and good fall sanitation will help limit future problems. If you are aware of an existing problem with disease or fungus, the leaves and twigs you rake up should be taken to a yard waste facility or burned instead of composted. That way, they will not spread the problem to other plants the following season

Your lawn still requires watering when it is dry and it continues to grow until late October – early November, so don’t put your mower away quite yet! Mowing with a bag attached is also a great way to suck up leaves and avoid raking. Edging your lawn now will give a nice clean look to your garden as the snow melts in spring.

Proper fall lawn maintenance is simple and easy enough for any homeowner to master. The payback this season is a neat, well-kept property, which is something everyone can appreciate. Come next spring, your lawn will be thicker, better fed and quicker to establish, giving you that edge you’ll need to claim your blocks ‘healthiest lawn’ title!