When winter arrives, most homeowners forget about their lawns. After all, if it’s covered in snow, how can you take care of it? In fact, there are several ways to prepare your lawn for the winter, including fertilizing, aerating, spreading cool-weather seed, raking, and watering. These simple activities can help you make the most of your grass. Read on to learn more about methods for winterizing your lawn.
According to the DIY Network, the first step is to fertilize your yard. Fertilizing puts essential nutrients back into the soil, including chemical compounds like nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium among other things. However, it’s important to apply the perfect balance—too much fertilizer can kill grass.
Aerating is also an important step to remember when winterizing. This method puts small holes in the yard in order to allow air to reach the roots of the grass. Overgrown yards often have thick layers of detritus which build up over the years; aerating allows air to reach past this surface layer to get to the deeper structures of the grass.
Cool-weather seeds should be applied during the fall and winter months as well. These unique seeds can survive in colder climates, ensuring you’ll have living grass by the time the snow melts. Most cool-weather seeds are fescues, or festuca, a special evergreen genus of grass. Even application of this product will keep your yard lush and green year round.
Finally, rake and water the lawn. Raking removes leaves and twigs that can prevent sunlight from reaching the grass, and watering keeps your lawn hydrated. Because less water evaporates in cool temperatures, be sure to water less than you would in the summer. It’s best to simulate a gentle rain by lightly hosing the yard.
These are just some of the ways to winterize your yard. Want your lawn to be treating by professionals? Give us a call here at Elchert’s Lawn Mowing and Snow Removal.