Now that the summer months are coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare your lawn for winter. Taking the necessary steps to get your lawn ready for the cold season is essential if you want a lush and healthy lawn come springtime. Let’s discuss some of the most important tasks you need to complete in order to prepare your lawn for winter. Check out this lawn care guide for more info.
Fertilizing the Lawn
As temperatures drop, grass starts going dormant and will stop growing as much. This means that fall is the perfect time to fertilize your lawn. Fertilizing during this time will give your grass a boost before winter hits, increasing its chance of surviving through the cold season unscathed. When applying fertilizer, be sure to use one specifically designed for fall application and follow all instructions carefully.
If done correctly, fertilizing your lawn should help it stay green longer into fall and increase its chances of bouncing back in spring with no problems.
Aerate Your Lawn
Lawn aeration is another great way to keep your yard looking beautiful throughout winter. Aerating gives air, water and nutrients access down into the root system of your grass so that it can continue growing even during colder months. You should aim to aerate at least once a year; however, if you have a heavy clay soil or heavy traffic on your yard, then twice a year aeration may be needed.
If you don’t have access to an aerator machine, there are many local companies who offer aeration services at fair prices.
Mowing Your Lawn Before Winter Arrives
One last step you should take before winter hits is mowing your lawn one last time—just not too short! Mowing prevents leaves from smothering the grass over winter and encourages it to grow thicker when warmer weather returns in springtime. Be sure not to cut more than one-third of the grass blade off at one time; this could lead to scalping and damage that could take a long time to repair come springtime.
Also remember not to mow wet grass; wait until after any dew has evaporated or after rain has stopped completely before starting up that mower!
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!
Preparing your lawn for winter doesn’t have to be an arduous task; following these tips will ensure that you have a beautiful lawn come springtime no matter what mother nature throws at it! Taking care of your lawn now ensures that there won’t be any surprises when milder weather arrives – meaning less work later on down the line when trying to get it back into shape come springtime! Remember: get out there now while temperatures are still mild and start preparing your lawn for winter – you’ll thank yourself later!