Growing and maintaining an emerald green lawn during the later months of the year requires less effort than during the warmer seasons. Some lawn care during the fall and a little in the winter can keep your lawn healthy and looking great come spring time. Here’s what you can do to keep your lawn protected and have it looking healthy.
Fall Lawn Care
Fall is considered the most critical time of the year for lawn maintenance. Steady drops in temperature signal to your grass to get ready to go dormant for the winter. By doing a few things to your lawn in the fall, you can prepare it for the winter months and be ahead of the game by the time spring and summer roll around.
The first thing you can do is power seed your lawn, which has a number of benefits. Power seeding increases turf density, improves the appearance and health of your grass, helps your lawn recover from the summer months, and helps protects against weeds and insects. As you can see, it’s a powerful tool in any lawn care arsenal. On top of power seeding, fertilizing your lawn around October before the frost sets in also has a number of added benefits.
As always, if there’s spots of your lawn that are thin or are showing little signs of growth, fall is another good time to reseed these areas. Any pests should also be taken care of at this point; otherwise, your lawn may pay for it come springtime. If you have leaves covering your lawn, make sure you rake or blow them off once a week; leaves on the ground block sunlight.
Winter Lawn Care
The winter months are when you will spend the least amount of time on lawn care. There are still a few things you can do even during the most difficult winters to have your lawn looking lush come spring.
Fertilizing your lawn right before the temperature starts to get really cold and the frost sets in does two things: the fertilizer will feed the soil nutrients all winter long, and it will replace nutrients lost during the hot summer months.
Towards the end of summer, you should begin cutting your grass shorter little by little until winter hits. Keeping your grass tall in the winter leaves it open to critters such as field mice to burrow and sleep underground. It also protects any growth that may be fragile during winter. Lastly, you should stick to paths during the winter instead of walking across the lawn, as this can cause some damage and make recovery difficult.
Proper lawn care all year round will ensure that your grass is healthy and beautiful to look at. Keep up on maintenance and it will pay off during the spring and summer months.