As fall arrives and the weather turns colder, many people stop spending so much time outdoors enjoying their lawn. But don't overlook the importance of repairing the lawn from the damage that summer sun and fun can wreak on it. What should you do to help the lawn recover and prepare for the cold of winter? Here are a few steps to take.
1. Clean Up Debris. Summer play tends to leave many items on and around the lawn. This might include lawn furniture, kids' play toys, dog paraphernalia, and bikes or sports equipment. In addition, the fall greenery can leave branches and spent buds, pine needles, and dropped leaves. Start caring for the lawn by removing and stowing all these items that will be used less (or not at all). Now, you can see what needs to be done.
2. Look for Bare Spots. Lots of playtime on the lawn can also lead to trampled grass, dead spots, or weedy patches. Walk around the lawn to assess how it looks and what spots might need some attention. Fill in bare spots with new seed and rope off that area so it can grow before the cold sets in. Weed where needed and fill in weeded sections if necessary.
3. Aerate the Lawn. Aeration is the act of plucking out tiny capsules of dirt so that the soil around them can get more access to oxygen and minerals. It loosens soil that has been compacted by a summer of play, running, entertaining, and mowing. Aeration is an easy way to induce a positive final growth spurt before the soil freezes or rain and snow cover it.
4. Fertilize Twice. Fall fertilization is generally a two-step process. Early fall fertilizing undoes the effects of the hot sun and dry conditions as well as trampling by people and pets. Follow that with another round of fertilizer about two months later. This second session helps grass and soil store up nutrients that it will need to survive the harsher conditions of winter.
5. Mow Lower. Finally, change your mower settings from those used for summer. Summer grass tends to need to be higher so as to retain moisture and shade the roots from sunlight. Fall and winter lawns should generally be cut shorter by an inch or two. This lower level retards overgrowth and forces nutrients back into the lower levels of the grass. If you have any leaves, mulch them into this lower grass for additional protection.
Transitioning your lawn from the rigors of summer play to the hibernation needed in winter does take some time and preparation. If you're not sure you have the time to devote to it or you have specific lawn concerns before winter damage sets in, work with a company like Esposito's Landscaping & Lawn Care.Share
23 October 2019
Hello, my name is Willy Wilson. When I was in college, I rented a small home with my friends and coworkers. The home was in bad shape and needed a lot of help across the entire property. My friends and I decided to build up the home from the inside out with a unique landscaping layout. The landscaping process ignited a passion for creating gardens out of tired, patchy lawn space. I want to use this site to explore all of the different ways you can create a beautiful landscape around your home. Come by anytime to learn about this fascinating subject.