Just like squirrels store away food for when they’re hibernating, plants store nutrients in their roots over the winter to keep them fueled and healthy, so they’re ready to spring to life once the snow melts. Applying a winterizer formula in late autumn will set your grass off on the right trajectory for a healthy, vibrant year ahead.
Many homeowners look forward to the end of summer lawn mowing as autumn approaches, but every lawn needs proper winterizing to withstand the rigors of winter so it can return to its vibrant state in spring. To ready your lawn for freezing weather and blankets of snow…
Check your soil’s pH and nutrient composition, and choose a proper slow-release, winterizing fertilizer to supplement its nutrition. Summer is harsh, and grass needs to recover in fall, and extra nutrients will help promote healthy root growth.
After a summer of backyard play and barbeques, your lawn can be compacted and dense in fall. Autumn aeration and thatch removal will reduce compaction and allow air, water, and nutrients to better reach the grassroots.
Weeds can thrive in conditions when the grass is already dormant, so don’t give up on weeding just because it’s fall. Removing weeds right away will keep them from germinating in late fall or spring before the grass begins to grow.
Large piles of debris will choke and stifle grass and lead to rot and other problems. If you only have a few leaves, mow them into mulch to leave on the lawn for accessible decay, but remove the bulk of fallen leaves, branches, and other debris before winter sets in.
Lawns need less water in autumn but can still be watered until the ground begins to freeze, or it becomes impractical to use a sprinkler system. Doing so will keep grass blades luxuriously hydrated and healthy, but reduce watering later in autumn as the grass goes dormant.
If your lawn is patchy or the grass is thin, fall is a great time to try overseeding to help fill in the gaps. Choose a cool-season grass blend to match your existing lawn, and keep the seed damp until it germinates.
Don’t neglect to mow in fall just because the grass isn’t growing as quickly. Leaving grass slightly longer will encourage more root growth, but trim grass somewhat shorter than typical the last time you mow, using a mulching mower to leave the clippings to decay into essential nutrients.
You can do this all by yourself, or you can call the experts! Call West Texas Property Solutions, today and let’s winterize your lawn!