We know what you’re thinking: “We just started to enjoy fall.” Well, as a “MineSOtan” (said with our very best accent!) then you should enjoy the fall weather while you can by preparing your lawn for winter or trusting our expertise to free you up to enjoy the weather in a different way.
Before the sky falls and our lawns are under blankets of snow, you want to protect your grass and other plants. If you prep your lawn correctly, it’ll bounce back quicker, greener, and healthier in spring.
1. Aerate and Dethatch Your Lawn
Dethatch and aerate your lawn to help it thrive. Over time, grass tends to accumulate clippings and other organic material at its roots. This eventually turns into microbes that block water and nutrients from reaching the roots.
To breakdown this barrier, you need to break up and remove the thatching and use aeration holes to help the roots ‘breathe.’
Thatching over an inch to half an inch will leave your lawn vulnerable and weak over winter.
2. Pick Up Your Yard
When balls, chairs, or even lawn tools hibernate in your yard, they damage or kill the grass beneath them.
Once spring melts the snow and reveals these objects, it’s too late to protect that grass. You’ll find the area beneath the chair or ball is brown, often damp, and lifeless. The weight of the object essential strangles the grass beneath, leaving it thin, stunted, and browner.
So, pick up your yard. Find a safe place to store lawn chairs and your grass will thank you.
3. Fertilize Before the Frost
Cool-season grasses look forward to fall and early winter. It’s when they’re their happiest. If you have Bermuda grass or bluegrass, your joyful little blades will appreciate some pre-snow fertilization. The heat of summer tends to cook and deplete natural nutrients, leaving it hungry for fertilizer.
If you thorough fertilize your yard before our first freeze, that fertilizer will feed your lawn the nutrients it needs into winter. This helps it comes back green and healthy come spring.
4. Rake, Rake, Rake Your Yard
As leaves gently fall from trees and land in your yard, they can create a picturesque scene. Unfortunately, they can also do a number on your lawn. Piles of leaves essentially choke your grass by blocking light, water, and nutrients. They also hold moisture which can promote snow mold and associated diseases while encouraging critters to make themselves at home on your lawn.
Luckily, there’s a simple solution: rake and bag your leaves - the sooner the better before they get damp from cold rain or even snow.
5. Book a Snow Removal Service
If you aren't up for removing the snow from your lawn snowfall after snowfall, hire a snow removal service like us! By removing the snow from your lawn, we can help keep your grass growing to its full potential. Snow removal eliminates extra weight and strain on your lawn while removing
We Are Winter-Ready!
Even if you’re not ready to face the snow, you need to consider your lawn’s needs now before it gets too frosty. Life Pro Tip: We are happy to help you winterize your yard this year, so you don’t have to. Spend your weekends at the pumpkin patch with the kids rather than wrestling your dethatcher.
We want to help you keep your lawn green and pristine come spring. Call us or check out our website to request a free quote for your lawn needs before the first freeze arrives. And when winter hits full-force, we’re here for you, as well, to remove snow and even rake your roof.
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