Fall isn’t just about pumpkin spice lattes and busting out the boot collection. During the summer, your yard ‘rests’ to protect itself from the harsh summer sun and heat. During the winter, grass and plants go dormant, making fall the best time to repair summer damage and restore nutrients used and lost during growing seasons. Here are some yard winterizing tips that will help you get your lawn ready for spring.
Planning for Fall and Winter Maintenence
Pruning is a wonderful way to help plants store the most nutrition in the core plant before winter dormancy sets in, but be careful not to go too far too fast. You’re not looking to cultivate new fall growth, only to restore vital nutrients to the stems of the plant.
Aerating opens up the soil, allowing for water and air to directly access grass roots. If your yard is too large to aerate the entirety, consider aerating high traffic areas that receive a great deal of foot traffic during the warm months, like areas around playgrounds or walking paths.
Choosing the right winterizer can help restore your lawn’s nutrients faster. For maximum effectiveness, choose one with more potassium and phosphorous and less nitrogen in the ingredient list.
Raking isn’t just about cleaning up the yard or having piles for kids to play in. It’s also about removing barriers to grass growing as soon as it’s able in the spring. Leaves left on the lawn in the fall can cause dry or dead spots in the spring.
All in all, winterizing your lawn is a significant amount of work, just when school schedules are picking up, and fall sports are in full swing. If you find yourself in need of a bit of help, Land Concepts is available to help until the snow flies.