Winterizing Your Lawn
As the temperature drops and the leaves begin to fall, not everyone thinks about what their lawn will go through during the winter months and how a good winterization program can help their lawn stay healthy and have a vigorous return when spring arrives.
Most grasses go dormant as winter approaches and start storing extra nutrients in their roots to keep their health. As they are not expending energy into their blades, the grass stops growing and turns from green to an off-white or brown. This does not mean your grass is dead; in fact, there are many things you can do to help your grass in the autumn months:
It is important to note that not all grasses and lawns will use the same approach. Cool-weather grasses respond differently than warm-weather grasses, for instance, so you will want to be aware of what type of vegetation your yard consists of before getting started.
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Raking and Leaf Clean-up
We all love the colors of autumn leaves, but the layer of leaves that is left on your yard can significantly damage the grass below. Lawns need to breathe, and too many dead leaves will not only block sunshine but water, air and nutrients. A thick layer of leaves can also bring diseases, mold and pests, and may block the growth of new grass blades come spring. Take the time to rake up the bulk of any leaves that may have fallen during the autumn.
Thatch is the layer of dead grass and debris between the soil and the blades that collects over the course of time. When it becomes too thick or compacted, thatch can prevent water and nutrients from reaching your grass's roots. Dethatching is simply loosening and removing much of this debris, and in many cases can be done with a strong-tined rake.
Over time, the soil below your lawn becomes compacted and makes it more difficult for air, water and nutrients to penetrate and feed your grass, and blocks root growth and extension. Aerating your lawn involves poking small holes into the soil to alleviate compaction, loosening the soil and creating channels for water and nutrients to reach your lawn’s roots.
Depending on the type of grass you have, autumn is the perfect time to overseed in order to fill those empty spots in your yard and reinvigorate your lawn. The new seeds can begin their germination process before any freezing temperatures arrive and be ready to emerge once spring comes. If you overseed at the same time you fertilize for winter, the seeds can use the extra nutrients to survive winter.
A lawn needs energy, and while your soil should provide most of what it needs, in many cases a boost is required especially during critical times such as the beginning of the growing period in spring and the beginning of the dormancy period in autumn. Fertilizers have three main components – phosphorous, nitrogen, and potassium – and these will all help your grass store its needed nutrients and keep its roots strong during the winter.
Getting ready for winter involves more than making sure our heating is working and we have the right clothes – if you care for your grass and help it get ready it will thank you the following spring. Take care of your lawn, or contact Midwest Turf & Landscape to help.
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