Whether we like it or not, old man winter rears his ugly head every year. But that doesn’t mean your lawn can’t be cared for. Winterizing helps build up the plant's tolerance to low temperatures and diseases. Here are some steps you can take to get your lawn prepared for the cold temperatures ahead.
Fall is a crucial time to fertilize your lawn. During these cool days, your grass begins storing nutrients and sugars for the harsh months ahead. The storing process continues for as long as the plant is green.
Mechanical Core Aeration
The benefits of fall lawn aeration cannot be stressed enough. Aeration helps with the soil’s absorption of fertilizer, nutrients, sunlight and air, and stimulates root growth. The plants can then reach and store more nutrients and water to improve its health and stress tolerance. Take a look at out our lawn aeration services.
When the cool fall weather arrives, raise your mowing height to 1 cm above the recommended height for summer. This will stimulate root growth allowing more water and nutrients to be stored for the winter months. For the final mowing of the year, lower your mowing height to 1 cm below the standard mowing height. This helps the lawn avoid damage from disease when the grass is matted from snow. Leave the clipping on the lawn to protect the crowns of the plants and provide additional nutrients for the winter and early spring.
Raking Your Lawn
Remove all large piles of grass and debris that cannot be mulched back into the lawn with your mower. Large quantities of debris will not break down quickly and will suffocate the lawn. It also gives a moist home to damaging disease organisms.