Tulsa Lawn Maintenance Tips For Fall

The weather starts cooling down in Oklahoma, and you start thinking that it’s the end of this year’s Tulsa lawn care days. While it may be true that you won’t have to constantly mow the lawn, there are some necessary fall Tulsa lawn care items you may need to care for  to get your lawn fall tulsa lawn care prepared for winter.

Making sure to take care of your lawn in the fall will help to ensure that you have a vibrant and healthy lawn in the spring. Here is a fall lawn care checklist to help you get started.

Lawn Fertilization

Summer’s heat has likely taken a toll on your lawn, so fall is a good time to return nutrients back to the soil with a slow-release fertilizer. This lawn fertilization in the fall will strengthen the underground root system so that the roots are deeper and the grass recovers faster from drought and heat. This lawn fertilization for your Tulsa lawn will also help the soil to have the nutrients it needs to be strong in the spring. It’s ideal  to fertilize your lawn four-to-six weeks before the first frost.

Overseeding Tulsa Lawns

Perhaps your lawn is starting to look worn-out and thin. This can happen because of summer’s heat or just the passing of time. Overseeding in the fall will help it to be vibrant again. Overseeding or seeding your lawn with a new layer of cool-season grass over existing turf will fill in any thin spots and help it be more resilient to diseases and weeds.

Fall is a great time to overseed your lawn because the soil is warm enough for the seeds to germinate, and yet the air is cool enough to prevent weeds from cropping up. There are many other reasons why fall is the best time for overseeding.

Lawn Aeration

tulsa lawn maintenanceBefore you overseed your lawn, you might need to aerate the soil, which involves removing small core patches of dirt, thatch, grass, and if the soil is compacted  aerating the lawn will help the soil and roots get more oxygen, water, and nutrients. This will help the roots of the new grass seeds to grow deeper and healthier.

Some ask if they need to rake all the leaves in their yard. Commonly, if the leaf coverage is covering the lawn so much that the grass can’t be seen, then the leaves should be raked because they can prevent air and sun from reaching the grass. Thus, it’s best not to wait until all the leaves have fallen before you begin raking. A light layer of mulched leaves applied later in the season can provide the lawn with nutrients and protect it from colder weather. However, if the mulch is too thick or gets too moist before it decomposes, it can begin to choke out the grass or cause lawn disease.


Even with the weather  getting cooler, your Tulsa lawn will still need regular irrigation in the drought conditions. While the ground temperatures are above freezing, lawns can have infrequent, deep watering to help roots grow deep into the soil.

The Tulsa lawn care experts at Oklahoma Landscape will gladly take care of all your fall lawn maintenance needs, giving your lawn the right fertilization at the right time, as well as aerating, and overseeding your lawn so that it will look healthy, beautiful, and ready for the coming spring!



Tips to Overseeding Your Tulsa Lawn

If your lawn has become thin or damaged, overseeding can help to repair your Tulsa lawn. Overseeding with new grass seed variations helps to build a thick, luxurious lawn, which not only will look better but will also act as a natural weed control. Overseeding your Tulsa lawn will also help your lawn become more resistant to insects and disease because the new seed assortments will be more resistant to these threats while producing a healthier lawn overall.lawn care tulsa

Why though does grass become damaged or thin? There are a variety of issues that can add to a lawn that’s less-than-lush, and it’s good to recognize the main causes of your lawn’s injury so as to help avoid it. Often, extreme heat can tax the lawn as well as simply the usual decrease in grass reproduction over time. Other sources of lawn stress and damage include soil compaction, thatch, poor drainage, lack of water, lack of nutrients in the soil, and poor grass varieties that are not well suited to the climate.

What steps are involved in overseeding your Tulsa lawn and keeping it looking great?

Prepare the ground. Unlike other mowing times, you should mow your lawn short before overseeding to allow the seeds to successfully reach the soil. Rake the lawn to remove debris and dead grass. Especially if thatch and soil compaction are the main causes of stress on your lawn, aerating your soil will be necessary. Core aeration removes small core spots of thatch and soil to better allow water, air, and nutrients to reach deeper into the soil. Aerating your Tulsa lawn will also help the new grass seeds germinate in the soil easier and faster.

Pick a good seed variety. Select a high quality grass seed that’s well suited for your area. Make sure you pick a grass seed that is weed-free. A high quality seed will be more drought-tolerant and more resistant to weeds and disease.

Seed the new grass. There are many ways to seed your lawn with new grass. Often people use a spreader to lay the seed. Some use a mechanical slit seeder, which has vertical blades that open a slit or furrow in the soil, and then the machine deposits the seeds into the slit. Others may simply broadcast the seed manually. Make sure the seeds get good contact with the soil so that they can germinate.

Fertilize and water. After you’ve spread the grass seeds, you’ll need to apply a good seed starting fertilizer to help them grow strong. Then you will need to give the seeds a good watering. Grass seeds can easily die if they dry out so steady watering will be vital for the first few weeks after seeding. Shallow water is often recommended. If the weather gets hot, you may need to water more than once a day.

weed control tulsaWhen the grass reaches about 3 inches, you can mow the lawn on a high setting.

Keep your Tulsa lawn looking beautiful all year with these overseeding tips. The Tulsa lawn care specialists at Oklahoma Landscape can take care of all of your lawn care and maintenance needs including overseeding, aeration, weed control, and lawn fertilization.

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Why Fall is the Best Time for Overseeding your Tulsa Lawn

Does your lawn look worn-out from summer? Due to heat or simply the passing of time, grass starts to get old and look weary, thin, and brown. In this weakened condition, weeds can easily take over a lawn. Overseeding your Tulsa lawn with new grass seed can help to revive your landscape and make it look vibrant and new again. Overseeding is the practice of spreading a layer of new grass seed over your existing turf.  This new layer of grass will fill in any bare spots in your Tulsa lawn and help it to stay healthy.

When is the best time to overseed or reseed? Fall is an opportune time because the soil is still warm enough for seeds to germinate in. Meanwhile, the air temperature is getting cooler, making it more difficult for weeds to grow and choke out the new grass. Cooler temperatures also mean a decrease in insects and disease to harm the new seeds. Thus, with adequate watering and fertilization, the new seeds can start to germinate before winter.

There’s also another benefit to overseeding your Tulsa lawn in the fall. “…overseeding with a cool-season grass in the fall ensures that you will have a green lawn during the winter months,” the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources division noted.

By overseeding your Tulsa lawn, it will become more resistant to diseases, weeds, and drought. Thus, a healthy lawn will need less water, fertilizer, and pesticides. So, a little overseeding now will be a big help in having a thick and green lawn in the spring.

Before you overseed, you will want to cut your grass lower than you usually do to allow more room for the new seeds to grow and to allow more sunlight to reach them. Remove any clippings and thatch in the lawn. It’s helpful to aerate your lawn, removing core patches of dead grass and soil, to allow more oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the roots.

After you spread or broadcast your new seed over the turf, lightly rake the lawn to help the seeds germinate in the soil. Apply a good fertilizer to the lawn to help the new seed grow strong. Many also recommend spreading enriched soil or a thin layer of compost over the seeds to supplement the soil, but it’s important to apply just a thin layer so as to not smother the new seeds before they can grow.

Watering is vital. Water the lawn immediately after overseeding, keeping the lawn damp but not flooded. Continue to irrigate the seeds several times a day for several weeks. After the seeds have begun to grow, you can water less frequently.

Wait to mow the grass until it reaches about 3 inches high.

These simple steps to overseed your Tulsa lawn will help get it ready for winter so that your landscape can look lush and beautiful in the spring and remain healthy. Oklahoma Landscape in Tulsa offers complete overseeding services as well as fertilization and weed control to help maintain a green an attractive lawn.

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Weed Control in Tulsa – What It Takes for a Healthy, Weed-Free Lawn

Weed Control…Tulsa homeowners know that to have a beautiful, healthy lawn you have to keep weeds in their place…virtually nonexistent, right? But what does that involve? Consistent lawn care all year round is the best defense against weeds. With a thick, healthy lawn, there’s less of a chance of weeds taking over.

For broadleaf weeds, you can start by using a weed herbicide to kill the weeds; and then after they turn brown, you can remove the thatch. But removing the weeds is only the beginning of consistent lawn care and a subsequently healthier lawn.

Aerating your lawn in the fall (for cool-season grasses) and in the spring or early summer (for warm-season grasses) can greatly improve the health of your lawn. Core aeration, as it’s sometimes called, breaks up compacted soil that over time can harden, keeping the roots from growing and preventing rainfall, fertilizer, and other nutrients from penetrating the soil. Aeration is done by making small holes in the grass and soil or by removing small core patches of soil and dead grass, or thatch. These small holes allow oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the soil and grass roots. Oxygen helps prevent diseases and increases growth, and with enough room in the soil, roots can continue to grow and flourish. Thus, this simple procedure can greatly increase the health of your lawn, giving it the strength and thickness it needs to choke weeds out.

Fertilizing your lawn in the fall, just after aerating, will allow the nutrients to reach the soil and roots. And with temperatures cooling, there will be better conditions for the soil and grass to repair and rebuild itself.

Overseeding your Tulsa lawn with cool-season grass varieties in the fall will help to fill in any bare patches of grass and strengthen your lawn with new grass seeds. This will help grass stay healthy and more resistant to diseases and weeds. Again, a healthy, vibrant lawn is the best defense against those pesky weeds.

While herbicides can help keep weeds at bay, truly healthy lawns require a regular maintenance program of aerating, fertilizing, and overseeding to have effective weed control.

Top 5 Lawn Pests and Diseases in Tulsa

You’ve seen them take over your Tulsa lawn, or you’ve seen what they have left of your lawn and garden. These are the little lawn pests; the culprits that leave your lawn looking tired and battered. What are some of the more common lawn pests and diseases?

Top 5 Lawn Pests:

  1. Moles: Of course, these guys will burrow through your lawn’s soil, wreaking havoc on roots and grass, as well as leaving tunnels and holes. The soil they pile up on top of the lawn is not only unsightly, but also makes it very difficult to mow.  They feed on the next culprit, so where there’s one, there might be another.
  2. Grubs: These little, white immature beetles, shaped like a “C,” will eat away at your grass roots, creating large sections of brown, dead grass that is easily pulled up.
  3. Chinch Bugs: These bugs will cause injury to your grass making patches of yellow or copper-colored turf that may look like the injury was the result of drought or heat.
  4. Snow Mold: This fungal disease causes patches of yellow or brown grass that may clump together and have a white, cobweb-like layer.
  5. Red Thread: We may begin to see this lawn disease creep up in Tulsa after the wet summer we’ve had. This disease causes patches of reddish-brown grass strings and is often related to a nitrogen deficiency.

Keeping your lawn healthy throughout the year will lessen the chances of an attack by these pests and diseases. Regular mowing helps the grass stay strong, as does aerating the soil, overseeding the lawn, and fertilizing it to help give the lawn the nutrients it needs.

Fall Lawn Care Tips – Aeration and Overseeding in Tulsa

It’s almost fall in Tulsa, and having had a wet summer and heavy use, your lawn may need some good old TLC. While it may seem like your lawn may need less care as autumn comes, actually fall is when grass stores nutrients and moisture to prepare for a long winter, and thus still needs to be well cared for. Fall is actually a good time for core aeration and overseeding to help repair the soil and keep the grass thick and healthy.

Removing Leaves and Dead Grass

Raking out dead grass, or thatch, and moss that’s developing on your lawn will help keep it healthy and looking great. Raking fallen leaves from your Tulsa lawn is also important to do before they get wet and begin to choke out the grass and cause lawn disease. So don’t wait until all your leaves have fallen before you begin to rake.

Lawn Aeration

Aerating your Tulsa lawn is important in the fall to allow water, oxygen, and nutrients to reach deeper into the soil. Core aeration involves removing small core patches of soil and dead grass, thus opening up compacted soil. This provides enough room for oxygen and water to properly reach the roots, encouraging the roots to grow deeper and fuller in the soil.  These deeper roots can then help the soil and lawn stay healthy throughout the long winter.

Fertilize your Lawn – Weed Control

Fall is a good time to fertilize your lawn to give the grass the nutrients it needs to grow deep roots. It is also a good time to stop weeds from continuing to infiltrate your lawn where they could take over during the winter. Because the top growth of the grass has slowed, fertilizing in the fall allows the nutrients to go to the soil and roots, helping them grow stronger and deeper to survive the winter. Apply your last fertilizer just before winter hits to give grass the nutrients it needs to be ready for spring.

Overseeding your Tulsa lawn

Overseeding, or sprinkling seed over existing grass, in the fall will help thicken your lawn and keep it healthy. Weeds are less likely to grow in a thick, lush lawn. Especially for cool-season grasses, overseeding helps to fill in any bare spots and will help it become more resilient as the new varieties of seeds planted have a higher resistance to disease than those already growing in the lawn.

Get your Tulsa lawn ready for winter with fertilization, aeration, and overseeding. Give it the nutrients it needs now to be healthy in the spring.