There are a few things you can do to prepare your lawn for the winter. Doing them will help your lawn come up healthy and green for the Spring.
Keep It Trimmed and Clean
A healthy height for grass blades is about 2 1/2 inches. Keep cutting your lawn during the fall as long as it keeps growing. Some people think they should let their lawns grow longer in anticipation of winter, but, in reality, mice and voles love the long grass under the snow. Some experts suggest you actually lower the blades on your mower to about 2″ to minimize potential problems. Also, don’t let leaves pile up on your lawn. A build up of leaves blocks out the sunlight grass blades need to stay healthy. A mower with a mulch setting or a bag attachment makes leaf clean up simple.
Aerating allows water and nutrients to get right down to the grass roots. You can rent an aerator at most home stores, and aerating your lawn won’t take any longer than cutting your lawn.
Fall is a good time to add seed to your lawn so it grows thick and resists weeds. When you’re applying the seed, use a rotary spreader, and apply the seed at the recommended rate. If your lawn is thin, you could even rent a ‘slicer seeder’ that actually cuts small grooves in the soil for the seeds to fall into.
Fall is the key time to fertilize your lawn. Applying a good fertilizer in late fall will get your lawn ready for the upcoming cold.
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