With a few simple steps, you can prepare your lawn and landscape for winter weather, ensuring it comes back healthy once spring arrives.
1. First, winterize your lawn
Continue to mow: It’s important to continue to mow your lawn up until the first frost. This keeps your lawn healthy and reduces your chances of getting snow mold. Your final mow of the year should be kept short at 2″.
Apply fertilizer: Prepare your lawn for winter with a fall fertilizer application. Fall fertilizer helps restore damage to grass caused by the stress of summer heat, promotes nutrient storage, and supports root growth, which creates a healthier lawn in spring.
Remove and treat weeds: Ensure the pesky weeds you’ve been dealing with all summer long don’t survive winter and return in spring by using a broad leaf herbicide to spot treat problem areas.
Aerate and reseed: Break up soil compaction and thatch with aeration, allowing essential nutrients like air, water, and fertilizer to penetrate your lawn’s root system before winter weather. Cooler temperatures, frequent rain, and a freshly aerated lawn make fall a great time to fill in bare spots with grass seeds, which will help create a thicker lawn in spring.
2. Next, winterize your trees and shrubs
Wrap trees: Paper tree wrap protects bark from permanent damage caused by animals, like rabbits and deer, insects, freezing cold winds and sunscald.
Spray trees and shrubs with an anti-transpirant: Freezing winds can suck the moisture from exposed trees and shrubs, which can result in wind burn, drought, and ultimately winter kill. Wilt proofing your trees and shrubs with an anti-transpirant adds a protective coating to the branches and stems, which ensures moisture does not escape during high-stress times.
3. Finally, winterize your landscape
Rake leaves: Fallen leaves block sunlight and prevent vital nutrients from getting to the grass underneath. Leaves also trap moisture, which leads to lawn fungus. Raking not only removes leaves but also breaks up thatch, allowing vital nutrients to get to the soil.
Clean up flower beds: Removing dead plants and leaves increases air and water flow while reducing the chances of pests overwintering in the debris and returning once spring arrives. Be sure to remove any dead branches from trees and shrubs to prevent heavy snow and ice buildup that could harm your plants.
LawnMatters offers professional lawn care services for every season. If you have questions about your lawn, or would like help preparing your lawn and landscape for winter, contact us here or give us a call:
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