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How To Care for Your Lawn In Colder Weather

Prepping Your Lawn for the Fall/Winter

Lawn care is a very meticulous activity that takes special time and patience to take care of. Many people think lawn care is just keeping your lawn cut and watering the grass to keep it healthy, but it takes a little bit more than that.  With the approaching cold weather months, the process changes from upkeep to protecting your lawn from the harmful effects of the fall and winter. There are many ways to take care of your lawn and it may vary depending on the location of your home or the weather. To better help prep you there are a few tips you can take to better secure a healthy lawn come the spring.

The Warning Signs

As the summer ends one of the first telling signs of fall approaching is the full green color of your grass losing its luster. It’s normal so there is no need to be alarmed, but with August being one of the hottest summer months and leading into the fall months it’s time to start looking into protecting your lawn. One of the first things homeowners should prepare is mowing your lawn for the final cut of the year. A good measurement is low enough at about 2-2 ½ which is low enough to have eyesight on your lawn. The reason for the short cut will protect your lawn from snow build up which could cause mold from water and also give the grass “room to breathe” letting the soil have more access to the natural air. Another tip is fertilizing the lawn. Most people fertilize their lawns regularly, but the secret during the fall is that the fertilizer is nourishing. As the soil becomes colder the uptake of nitrogen will decrease but with nitrogen enriched fertilizer this problem is null and void, letting the soil absorb the nitrogen and basically feed your lawn while it stays dormant.

So, you’ve prepped your lawn gave it a cut, laid down fertilizer, and now you are wondering if there is anything else you can do to protect your grass. As fall comes so do the leaves but the pesky leaves all over can end up being one of the best helpers. A good way leaves can be used instead of being blown out or bagged up you can use your lawnmower to mulch the leaves and use them as a second source of fertilizer. It is important to do this sooner rather than later and not to use too much as too much could end up smothering the lawn. Before doing this though it is important to do one of the simplest things which is to pick up any debris in the lawn. Not only does this help with safety when cutting the lawn, but it stops sticks, stones and other coverings from cold weather mold or fungus. This can be done by using a rake or using a blower after your last cut of the year. Let’s face it, it’s rewarding taking care of your lawn by hand.

The Waiting Game

So you’ve done most of the prep work for taking care of your lawn as you await the fall and winter and the coming spring. As the seasons change the upkeep is all about the little things. You will of course keep cutting the lawn until the grass stops growing back to make sure you can keep the grass short instead of having dead grass. Another layer of protection is spraying pre-emergent to stop weeds from germinating. This process is usually done in the spring to prepare for the growing, but weeds can germinate in the fall so starting the process early gives you a jump ahead of nasty growth. Grassy weeds can mix in with your lawn and soil making separating the difference difficult. Watering your lawn doesn’t stop just because of fall and winter and it’s important to keep your soil hydrated even when there’s nothing growing. At least a half inch of water is needed to make sure you don’t lose control of your lawn having it dry out during the winter. Fortunately, this is usually taken care of by natural rain but during droughts it should be made aware that it’s up to you that your soil stays adequately watered.

Taking care of your lawn can seem like a lot. These tips aren’t done by everyone and of course, it differs depending on location. It is a process, but with these tips and a little patience will help your lawn look just as great as it did in springtime. Hopefully these tips will preserve your lawns and your grass looks as healthy or even more healthy than it was before.

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