It happens every year without fail, winter. Soon the grass will slow or stop growing altogether. But first, there are some important steps to take to make sure your lawn not only survives but thrives over the colder months. In fact, depending on your type of grass, the fall is the best time to take extra care of it to help ensure a beautiful lawn year round.
Here are 7 tips for winterizing your lawn:
- Remove The Hearty Weeds. Any weeds that are big enough and strong enough to survive the winter should be pulled out or sprayed in the fall. It might seem like a lot of work if this is your first time, but every year these weeds should be fewer and fewer because you are building a strong healthy lawn that resists weeds on its own.
- Check the PH Balance Of The Soil. Fertilizing is not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. You need to know what your soil is missing or has in abundance so you can care for it properly. A simple test should be done every year or two to make sure you are not wasting time or money on the wrong fertilization and care products.
- Apply The Proper Fertilizer. The fall is a great time to fertilize, assuming you tested your soil. You want your grass to be well fed for the winter so it stores a lot of energy and makes it through healthy and strong without any bare spots that weeds could fill in the spring.
- Aerate The Soil. Giving your soil some breathing room can help grass grow more evenly because of softer soil, helps get fertilizer deeper into the soil itself, can stimulate root system growth, and makes over seeding more effective. This is needed more in northern states that have harder denser soils than in the south where a lot of sand is mixed in.
- Over Seed The Lawn. A little extra seed can help your lawn get thicker, fill in areas that weeds once occupied, and make sure you have a healthy blend of grass types. The fall is a good time of year because the temperature of the ground helps seeds germinate and grow quickly.
- Mulch The Leaves. Raking or bagging leaves might remove them more thoroughly but mulching returns the nutrients of the leaves to the soil and helps improve soil health. When possible you should always mulch leaves and grass clippings. It is more of an organic lawn care method and lessens the need for fertilizers or chemicals.
- Cover Delicate Plants. If you have roses or other plants that do not handle harsh weather well then make sure you cover them in time. Don’t risk putting them off. Know the exact date or weather patterns that you should watch out for and make sure you have all of the gear and supplies you need in advance.