During the fall months, homeowners tend to neglect their lawns. This makes it harder to get your lawn back into its former glory. There are a number of important lawn care chores and related tasks for a homeowner to complete, in order to winterize the yard in fall and ready the landscape for the next growing season.
Here are are some easy to do, important tips to winterize your lawn before the really cold stuff sets in:
- Remove the broadleaf weeds such as clover, thereby removing some competition for available nutrients and water.
- Do a soil test to check the pH value of your soil. If the soil is too acidic, spread some lime and if it is too alkaline, add some sulphur.
- Rake the leaves off the lawn. This improves the health of your lawn by removing thatch – the layer of dead grass on the lawn – which can prevent water and nutrients from reaching the roots. The easiest way to do this is to run the lawn mower (with the grass catcher attached) for one last time. This is comparable to vacuuming the leaves off the lawn.
- If you have adequate levels of potassium in your soil, you don’t need a “winterizer” – a fall fertilizer that is rich in potassium to strengthen your lawn under stress – your earlier fertilizers were rich in nitrogen to make your grass green and thick.
- Aerate the lawn to allow air, water and nutrients to reach down to the roots.
The earlier you start your fall maintenance, the more manageable your lawn will be come springtime. What you do now to winterize and protect your lawn from the frost and chill to come will determine how it rebounds.
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