As the temperature dips at the end of fall, you’re likely to want to stash your mower and forget about doing anything for your lawn until springtime. However, not taking the proper precautions before the chilly weather sits in will make your springtime lawn care regiment a longer and more involved process. Before your lawn hibernates for the winter, you can do certain preventative tasks that will create a lush lawn when your lawn wakes back up in the springtime. We have given you 5 tips for the winter season that will help you to do just that.
Clear Your Lawn of Debris
During the fall months, trees shed and become bare for the winter time, and they always leave their leaves on your lawn. With a blanket of leaves covering your lawn, it has no room to breathe or let in light, causing your lawn to suffocate. It’s okay to have a few stray sprinklings of mulch or grass clippings because they can return nitrogen back into your soil. Also, be sure to clear your lawn of anything that could cause bare patches, such as toys or lawn equipment.
With the excessive use of your lawn during the warm months, the soil underneath can become compacted and cause various problems. Aerating involves punching 3-4 inch holes in your lawn to allow moisture, air and nutrients in the soil. In order to make the aerating process easier, you should water your lawn a day or two before your plan to aerate so that it is moist and therefore easier to work with. It’s best to go to your local hardware store to rent aerating equipment.
During the end of fall when you mow your lawn for the last few times, adjust your mower settings so that they are lower than what you normally use. New growth is more susceptible to disease, so lowering your mower settings will prevent new growth. Be sure to lower the settings gradually so you don’t damage the turf. Make sure you bag all of the clippings! Weeds may be hiding in them, and if you leave the clippings to sit on your lawn then they could take over your grass during the wintertime.
At the end of fall, make sure that you fertilize your lawn. Instead of using all of the nutrients right away, your lawn will store the fertilizer in its soil and roots while it is dormant and then take full advantage of the nutrients when the winter is over. By using a fertilizer that has time-sustained capabilities, your lawn will absorb the minerals gradually even while it is latent.
Seed and Water
This tip is more-so for lawns that have bald patches before winter even hits. When you seed the bare spots, the cool weather will allow for the seeds to germinate without weeds completely taking over. You should do this early enough so that the empty spots will fill in before the first freeze. Also, it’s important to give your lawn a good dose of water. This will stimulate both the seed and the fertilizer.
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