Home owners may be surprised to discover that fall is the most important season for lawn maintenance. But, as we learn in this houselogic.com post by Lisa Kaplan Gordon, it is much more important than spring. Aeration allows water, oxygen, and nutrients to reach roots, and gives seeds room to sprout. Turf roots grow best in fall and winter when the soil temperature is cooler, so fall seeding ensures optimal growth. Fertilize in late fall with phosphorous or nitrogen rich (10% – 15%) product. Finally, mulching, rather than raking and removing the leaves is preferred because the shredded leaves will protect and feed your lawn during winter.