We're a few weeks removed from the autumnal equinox, otherwise known as the start of fall, and as most Georgians may be able tell, those early morning cold temperatures came a bit early this year! Last October, Georgia residents would've been able to feel an average of 65⁰F degrees outside, this year that average is closer to 55⁰F through 3 weeks. If you love fall weather then you might already be rejoicing to have outlasted another Georgia summer, but what do these fall temperatures mean for the health your lawn?
Not only can temperature drops affect grass growth speeds, but as the days grow shorter heading into winter, the length time for sunlight on your lawn will decrease as well. Your grass will still grow during this time, but slower than it did in August and September. It's still a good idea to continue mowing, just decrease your mowing frequency as needed.
The drop in temperature and humidity that comes with fall will certainly ease the hydration strain on your lawn. Watering isn't completely necessary during this time since cooler temperatures and less sunlight won't completely evaporate your lawn's moisture.
If you have freshly seeded lawn, new turf, or are considering dethatching or scarifying your lawn, then you will want to consider continuing your watering schedule to ensure your lawn stays healthy.
Check out one of our lawn care blogs from last fall to see how raking, blowing, and leaf-cycling can help your lawn stay clean and prevent pests this fall!