Written By: Andrea De La Cerna
You’ve spent all summer dutifully maintaining that lush, gorgeous lawn. You’ve nurtured it through times of drought and inspected it daily for signs of distress, looking forward to those milder temperatures that come with the change of the season. Fall is, in fact, the ideal time to set yourself up for an amazing spring lawn.
According to the home improvement giant, Lowe’s, getting your lawn ready for winter is essential to protecting its year-round health. Remember that this time of year is when grass and other plants are working hard to absorb energy, moisture, and nutrients to prepare itself for the cold winter months.
Following these six easy steps will reward you with a beautiful lawn come spring.
- Continue To Mow:
Mow and water until the grass stops growing. Not only will this give your lawn a fresh look, but it will be easier to rake and allow crucial sunlight to reach the crown of the grass.
- Rake Up The Leaves:
Rake leaves or use a mower fitted with a collection bag. Leaves can become wet from rain or dew and create a thick mat which can suffocate your grass or lead to fungal disease. The leaves you collect can be used to start a composting pile for supplementing your soil later on.
- Make Sure To Fertilize:
Mid-to-late fall apply a dry lawn fertilizer. In the cooler temps grass blades grow much slower, but the roots continue to grow quickly. Now is the time to nurture those deep roots.
- Aerate The Yard:
This involves punching small finger sized holes in your lawn. Aerating allows the grass roots to easily come in contact with oxygen, water, and fertilizer. This promotes strong healthy roots.
- Weed Control:
Weeds, like other plants, are in the growing and energy absorbing mode in the fall. Applying a weed killer now, will insure the weeds will not return in the spring.
- Go Ahead And Plant:
That’s right, plant. There are some real benefits to planting in the Fall. The milder weather is easier on the plants. The soil is still warm, so the roots will take hold, become stronger, and grow until the ground freezes. This is the perfect time to plant turf grass, perennials, shrubs, trees, and bulbs that will bloom in the Spring.
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