Landscaping by the Month: September

Posted on September 5, 2018

The weather in New England is always changing and throwing us for a loop. Though our climate consistently has four seasons, you never know when those seasons are going to kick in. September is that rare time of year where the weather bounces from summer to fall, back to summer and back to fall on a whim. Since the weather in New England changes so often, it’s best to look at landscaping on a monthly basis. Here are some must-be-dones when it comes to landscaping in Needham in September.


If it’s been said once, it’s been said 1000 times: you need to aerate your lawn. Aerating your lawn allows oxygen to filter right into the soil and create a stronger root system. With aeration, your lawn can grow in thicker and healthier. Removing plugs of the soil decreases compaction and runoff. Organic matter can now build up in the dirt to feed your grassroots and rhizomes. Everybody should be aerating their lawn at least once a year, though twice a year is preferable.

Top Dressing

Topdressing can mean two things closely related to one another. For one, topdressing can refer to a mixture of sand or soil that is applied to the surface of your yard. The term topdressing also means the process of applying that mixture. The reason you should apply a topdressing is to smooth the surface of a lawn or to increase decomposition.


Fertilizing your lawn is important to promote healthy growth. In September, the temperatures are starting to drop, and your grass is feeling it. In cold temperatures, your grass grows at a slower rate. Choosing a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen is best to keep your lawn well-fed throughout the fall. It will also give it the nutrients it needs to last the winter when landscaping in Needham.

Pest Control

Fall is the best time of the year to check for pest and weeds that may be harming your lawn. Grubs are a big factor to look out for. If you find more than five grubs in a square-foot of land, it’s time to apply non-chemical pest controllers to your lawn. September is also the month to go weeding. Be sure to pull out any broadleaf or perennial weeds, or use a liquid spot treatment for a healthy lawn.

September is the month to get a jumpstart on fall maintenance and clean up from the summer months. For any questions on landscaping in Needham, ask the professionals. Contact Cataldo Landscaping and Masonry at 781-304-8900 or visit them online.