As we begin to decline into the cooler months, now is the time to prepare your lawn for winter. Many homeowners overlook this important time because of the belief that grass grows slower during the cooler months. However, this is just the opposite. As the cooler months descend on us, grass is actually preparing for the long winter ahead by absorbing energy, moisture, and nutrients it will need.
To ensure your lawn is ready for the winter months, here are 4 important steps to take today.
1. Mow your lawn. To keep your grass healthy, continue to mow your lawn. As we move further towards the end of the season, drop the blade of your mower to its lowest setting to allow for more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass.
2. Aerate the soil. Fall is the ideal time to aerate your soil to ensure the fertilizer and other nutrients get down to the dirt. Also, overtime, dirt and roots become compacted which makes it difficult for the water and nutrients to get in. By aerating your lawn, you add holes to the soil which allows for those critical nutrients to go deep into the soil and keeps your lawn healthy.
3. Rake the leaves. No one enjoys raking leaves, but the simple fact is that it’s important to remove fallen leaves from your grass, immediately. If the leaves become wet, they can turn into a dense mat which is impossible to break through. This can suffocate your lawn and cause fungus to grow and lead to disease,
4. Fertilize the grass. Your lawn has a long winter ahead so making sure it has the proper nutrients to survive is essential. One way to make sure your grass is equipped to survive the winter (and stay healthy) is to fertilize now. Talk with your local garden center to decide which fertilizer is best your grass, climate, and region.
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