Fall Lawn Care Tips
Your lawn can be a canvas for expressing yourself. In fact, over half (52
percent) of homeowners surveyed in TruGreen’s Lawn Lifestyles National Survey
of America said that “a homeowner’s lawn can tell you a lot about their
personality.” Consider your lawn personality as a way to boost your home’s curb
appeal. Fall is the proper time to prep lawns, trees and shrubs for spring’s
growth cycle and the next home buying season.
Homeowners’ Top Three Ideal Outdoor Spaces
According to the survey, homeowners’ top ideal outdoor space is “functional”
(40 percent) or focused on the overall utility of the lawn. Characteristics of
this popular response include using the yard for children to play, sport
activities, backdrop for entertaining, and growing flowers, fruits or
Coming in second is the “formal” (24 percent) outdoor space characterized by a
perfectly cut, healthy lawn, clutter-free area, manicured landscaping, and
little or no yard accessories. In close third is the “creative” (17 percent)
outdoor space driven by the imagination and inspired by the senses. Here you
may find wilder foliage, colorful flowers, water features, artistic lawn
decorations and charming outdoor lighting.
In comparison to ideal outdoor spaces, more homeowners (45 percent) best
described their current outdoor space as “functional.” Fewer respondents
categorized their current outdoor space as “formal” (21 percent) or “creative”
(10 percent), reflecting that for some homeowners reality doesn’t match the
vision that they have for their yard.
Fall Lawn Care Prep
According to the majority of homeowners (79 percent) surveyed, “in selling a
home, it is important for the lawn to be in top shape to get the best price.”
Fall is the best time to prep lawns, trees and shrubs for spring’s growth
cycle, especially with the home buying season right around the corner.
“Lawns become distressed from summer entertaining with family and friends and
require care throughout fall,” said Ben Hamza, Ph.D., TruGreen expert and
director of technical operations. “A good fall feed is important to lawn, tree
and shrub health as roots continue active growth before the dormant winter
months and store reserves needed for hungry plants in spring.”