CABOR Shares a Fall Lawn Maintenance Calendar

It is hard to imagine, but fall is just around the corner. If you follow a little fall maintenance, next summer’s grass will be barefoot-worthy and ensure great curb appeal, according to Joanne Zettl, Chair of the Cleveland Area Board of REALTORS® (CABOR).



The best time to patch bare or thin spots is when the hot, dry days of summer have given way to cooler temps. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Remove any dead grass.
  2. Break up the soil with a garden trowel.
  3. Add an inch of compost and work it into the soil.
  4. Add grass seed designed for shade or full sun, depending on the area you’re working on. Spread the seed evenly across the bare patch.
  5. Use a hard-tooth rake to work the seed into the soil to a depth of about half an inch.
  6. Sprinkle grass clippings over the patch to help prevent the soil from drying out.
  7. Lightly water once a day until the seed germinates and the new grass gets about one inch tall.


Your main job in the fall is to keep your lawn free of leaves and other debris. You can use a mulching mower to break up leaves and add the organic matter to your soil, but be sure to clean up any clumps so they do not kill the grass.

This is also the time to fertilize your lawn. Your grass will store the nutrients in its roots as it goes dormant over the winter, and your lawn will be ready for a jump start when spring warms the ground.

And remember, the next time you are in the market to buy or sell a home, contact a REALTOR®, a member of the Cleveland Area Board of REALTORS®. REALTORS® are professionals who can assist you in the real estate process. For more information, visit or call (216) 901-0130.


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