Steps to Make Your Lawn Winter Ready
Winter is coming and it is time to prepare your lawn for it. Taking proper care of it before the cold hits is essential. There are many things that you can do to make your lawn ready for winter and keep it from damage when the snow melts and springs comes around. Calling in a reputable fence company to erect a fence around your lawn will ensure cattle or other animals do not stray and destroy your lawn.
Here are tips to prepare your lawn for the cold season:
Just because winter is just around the corner, it does not mean that you should stop mowing your lawn. Uncut grass that grows long creates an ideal place for snow mold to breed. So, keep mowing as long as you can.
To make sure that your lawn is well-prepared for the cold; make sure that you fertilize it well. Autumn is the perfect time for fertilization and it will provide the roots of the grass with nourishment.
Use Your Aerator
Aerating your lawn during autumn will provide proper and easy access to the grass’ roots for water, fertilizer and oxygen. It also helps to loosen the soil, which means that you will get lush, healthy grass when spring arrives.
Get Rid of Leaves
Leaving fall’s fallen leaves in your yard will do damage to your yard during winter. Get raking or take your lawn vacuum for a spin and get those leaves off the ground.
Cover up Bald Patches
If you want lush green grass in spring, you should use this time to make sure that bald spots on your yard are well-covered up. Hardware stores have mixtures for lawn repair that you can make good use of this fall.
Maintain a Compost Pile and Utilize it as Garden Insulation
If you gather leaves, put them in your compost pile with plant trimmings, grass clippings, sawdust, fruits, vegetables, and other organic matter. During the chilly winter months, this compost may be used to preserve your garden and maintain them nutrient-rich.
Treat lawns with a pre-emergent pesticide in early fall to get a head start on cool season weeds like dandelion and henbit. This technique works nicely on lawns during cooler months. Treating seeds in the fall prevents them from sproutingin early summer (before temps soared).
Rake Out Moss
Remove any moss that has managed to take hold in your property's less sunny areas. Light-blocking trees may have shed their leaves as the season changes, providing you with an excellent opportunity to reseed these areas. Moss may have formed in other locations due to a lack of grass-friendly nutrients in the soil.
Irrigation schedules for lawns should be reviewed and revised. This is especially significant if your irrigation system is automated and your location has rain in the fall. Irrigation is not required after lawns are dormant for the winter. Lower autumn and winter temperatures reduce the turf's water demands, allowing lawns to stay green.
Overseed with Ryegrass
To keep your zoysia lawn green throughout the winter dormancy, overseed it with annual ryegrass. It's best to stay away from perennial ryegrass. When the summer heat comes in, the annual form fades, but the perennial variety grows and competes for water and nutrients with your ideal turf grass.
Treatments Needed for Winter Lawn Maintenance
There are many treatments you can apply to ensure your lawn is well prepared for the winter months and ready to have healthy growth in the spring season. Apply ideal lawn treatments that include grub killers and weed killers for a healthy lawn.
Grubs that live in the soil beneath your lawn can eat grass and roots of the plants. During late fall, they make their way into the soil where they spend the winter. This is the right time to control them. You can use a simple treatment- connect grub killer concentrate to your garden hose and apply it on your lawn. Repeat this 2-3 times over the next 10 days for maximum control.
Control Weeds and Moss
You can control actively growing weeds with an effective weed and grass killer. The spot treatment helps you target individual plants that give them the opportunity to grow well in the spring when growth resumes. Rake moss patches on your lawn and reseed these areas for a healthy growth. Your lawn is now all set for the winter and you will have a lush, green lawn in the spring!