Fall Lawn Care Checklist – A Quick Start Guide for 2023

Photo of author

Written By: Mark Marino

a Massachusetts Core Applicator License holder and owner/operator of Lawn Phix,

Updated on

No comments

No AI pledge. Authored and reviewed by Mark, not robots. Learn more.

If you buy something from one of our affiliate links, we may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. I've used these products and provided an honest opinion on every product I review. This helps support our site and its free content, lawn care guides, and calendars. Learn more.

Our 2023 lawn care season is ending rapidly here in New England. We have about one week left to get our lawns dialed in for Halloween and just a few short weeks after that, when the grass stops growing and we put our lawns to bed.

Today, I applied 24-0-5 with 2% iron to my lawn with high-calcium lime and liquid nutrition (Orbix 8-5-3 ). Here’s a quick checklist reminder for you to ensure a successful fall.

Feed Your Lawn

Nitrogen is critical for turf this time of year. Not only will things thicken up and green up, it will promote stronger and healthier roots. These last feedings are really going to help the lawn “wake up” next spring, too. Don’t skip this autumn step.

Balance Soil pH

Choose a high-calcium lime to adjust your pH. You can apply lime any time of year, but between now and Thanksgiving is the most common (and ideal).

  • Solu-Cal (covers up to 10,000 sq. ft.)
  • CalStar (covers up to 8,250 sq. ft.)

Kill The Weeds

f you’ve mowed your new grass at least three times and it’s been 30 days post-germination, you can start hitting those broadleaf weeds like spurge, creeping charlie, and other pesky winter weeds. A kill now will also help prevent secondary crops next year.

  • EndRun (at 1.5 oz. per gallon)

Mow Low

Aim for about 3″ this time of year. Keeping your lawn it shorter in the fall will encourage root growth and tillering – precisely what we want to happen heading into the winter.

For my lawn care operation here at Lawn Phix, I buy pallets of 24-0-5 with 40% slow-release and 2% iron, and CalStar High-Calcitic lime with humic acid. So, the options listed above are the best online alternatives I found while getting them shipped to your doorstep for free, too.

Any selective 3-way herbicide containing Dicamba and 2,4-D should do the trick for weed killers.

Of course, if a SiteOne, Valley Green, or other distributor near you is open to the public, these can be great options to save some money.

Here’s to one last push toward Halloween domination.

Was the information on this page helpful?

Thanks for your feedback!
Author's Note: this piece has been updated for accuracy since its first publication on
Photo of author
Author: Mark Marino
My name is Mark Marino, and I am the founder, owner, and operator of Lawn Phix. With a passion for lawn care and turf nutrition for over a decade, I've dedicated countless hours to correcting soil and perfecting lawns. Today, my expertise, backed by formal courses at UMass Extension Pesticide Education, allows me to offer top-tier lawn care services and advice. I am a fully licensed and insured lawn care applicator in Massachusetts, specializing in comprehensive turf nutrition, weed control, and lawn pest control. My license number is AL-0053865. Contact me at [email protected] or +1 (508) 500-8402.

Leave a Comment