Your First Garden: What You Need to Do in Fall for a Lush Lawn in Spring
What You Need to Do in Fall for a Lush Lawn in Spring
In fall, your yard will be lush with new growth. However, it’s not just the color of the leaves that makes autumn so beautiful; it’s also the smell! There are many different scents that come from various plants.
Some of these smells are pleasant while others may cause headaches or even nausea if inhaled too much.
One of the most common smells associated with lawns is manure. While there are several types of manure, one type that is used to fertilize lawns is called Milorganite. If you’re wondering what Milorganite is, it’s a chemical fertilizer made up mostly of calcium carbonate (CaCO3).
It’s typically mixed into the soil at a ratio of 1 part manure to 4 parts water. This helps to increase the amount of nutrients available to plants.
Another odor that comes from lawns is ammonia. Ammonia is produced when bacteria break down organic matter in the soil. When combined with nitrogen, it creates nitrates which then become ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3) and form a gas known as NO2.
These gases can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs if breathed in large quantities. It can also be very explosive when mixed with hydrocarbons.
If you’re wondering about the smell of freshly cut grass, that’s due to the chemical cis-3-hexenol. This chemical is often used in perfumes and other products to give it a fresh, green aroma. It’s created by the plant as a defense mechanism when its leaves are damaged or bruised.
If you’ve ever been bitten by a grasshopper or cricked your neck just right while working in the yard, then you’ve released more chemicals that will cause the grass to release this smell.
There are also some less pleasant smells that come from lawns. One of these is hydrogen sulfide (H2S). This gas has a character smell that’s similar to rotten eggs and can produce toxic fumes when combined with reducing chemicals such as hydroxyl ions (OH-).
Yard clippings contain more than just grass; they can also have small amounts of dog poop, dead insects and rodent waste. It’s best to wait at least a week before mowing if it has recently rained since the extra moisture will help to keep down the dust. If you mow when it’s extremely hot or cold, then you increase your chances of inhaling dust particles which can cause respiratory issues such as coughing or difficulty breathing.
If you’re planning to do some fall planting, it’s best to wait until there have been a few hard frosts. The cold will kill off most of the existing weeds and will help to break up the soil so that your plants can get the air, water and nutrients that they need. You’ll also want to add some kind of fertilizer before planting so that your flowers or vegetables have the building blocks that they need in order to grow big and strong.
In conclusion, the fall is a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors. It’s not just the beautiful trees that make it so wonderful, but also the colors, smells and activities that surround this time of year. With a little preparation and safety in mind, you can really enjoy everything that fall has to offer!
Sources & references used in this article:
- Do You Have Tips On Early Spring Lawn And Yard Care? (J Goodspeed – Ask A Specialist, 2002 – digitalcommons.usu.edu)
- Lawn Care for Dummies (M Obama – 2012 – Crown Books)
- Silent spring (J Greenlee – 1992 – Rodale Press)
- Food not lawns: How to turn your yard into a garden and your neighborhood into a community (J Kincaid – 1999 – Macmillan)
- Peach Blossom Spring: Gardens and Flowers in Chinese Paintings (L Walheim, National Gardening Association – 2010 – books.google.com)
- Low maintenance turf (R Carson – 2002 – books.google.com)