1. Final mowing: When the grass stops growing, mow the lawn one final time and rake up the clippings.
2. Dethatch: Using a heavy metal rake, rake the lawn to remove excessive thatch.
3. Reseed: If you have bare spots in your lawn, reseed or resod the areas. Roots grow well during the fall months. Bare spots in your lawn encourage weed growth.
4. Apply fertilizer: For cool-season grass, apply a winterizing fertilizer that is high in Potassium. Fertilize before the first frost. Apply regular fertilizer to warm-season grass.
5. Water: If periods of drought continue during the fall, water the lawn.
6. Rake: Rake up all fallen leaves and debris. Leaving leaves on your lawn can cause damage to the grass.
7. Weed control: The fall is a great time to attack weeds. During the fall, they are absorbing nutrients from the soil to prepare for the winter, applying a pre-emergent will kill them off.