Winter time is approaching, temperatures are declining, and grass is growing more and more slowly. This means it’s now the time that you should begin your lawn winterization process or the search for the right professional to do it for you. Here are the steps to take to winterize your lawn.
Steps for Lawn Winterization
- Fertilize – As days grow shorter and the temperature falls, your lawn starts to prepare itself for winter by slowing growth and transferring nutrients and sugars to the roots instead of to the leaves. The nutrient reserves in the roots fuel spring growth and help your lawn grow back thicker and stronger. Fertilizing your grass in the fall helps store even more nutrients for a healthy spring lawn.
- Aerate – Aeration is the next step of lawn winterization. Aerating provides air to the roots of your grass, allowing for strong growth in the spring while also providing space for more grass seeds to germinate. Manual aerators are available, and most equipment rental agencies will have machine aerators for you to use. Aerating does leave little lumps of soil in your lawn, so be sure to rake those up when you’re done.
- Rake – It’s a myth that leaving dead leaves on your lawn will insulate the grass from snow damage. In fact, a thick covering of leaves can suffocate your lawn and harbor bacteria and other grass-killing diseases. Rake your yard thoroughly to remove leaves, soil clumps from aerating, and other large piles of debris.
- Reseed – Use your spreader to reseed with a quality cool weather grass seed mix. This can help fill in thin patches in the fall, and provide young plants for lush spring growth.
- Keep Watering – Keep your lawn moist, but not soggy. A light misting of water a few times a day should be enough to keep your soil at the right moisture level to allow the fertilizer to reach the roots of your grass and help your new seeds to grow.
- Mow – In the fall, mow your lawn about ½-1” shorter than you do during the rest of the year. Collect your grass clippings unless you are using a mulching mower. Mulch actually provides more of the much needed nutrients to help your grass survive the winter, but plain clippings can clump up and provide a home for bacteria.
- Apply More Fertilizer – Six to eight weeks after your initial fertilizer application, do it again. Remember, do not over apply, and keep your fertilizer evenly distributed to prevent burning.
After these steps, your lawn winterization process is complete. This process can be pretty tedious, time consuming, and draining. There are many professionals out there who offer lawn winterization services and will do the job properly. Consider contacting one.
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