Simple Ways to Make Sure That Your Lawn Stays a Wonder Land
Though you might have assumed you’re off the hook for lawn care when winter comes, it’s important to realize that there are still a few things that need tending to once the thermometer starts to drop.
Winter lawn care doesn’t have to be complicated, but it may not be something that you have time for. Check with a local landscaping maintenance service to see what they might recommend; they’ll have advice regarding lawn mowing maintenance and lawn spraying services like seasonal fertilizer applications, which means that as the season starts getting nippy, you won’t even have to consider what you need to do to be prepared to tackle the winter lawn care.
Clearing Things Up
If you’re feeling hands-on, take a few minutes to take stock of what you see when you look out over your landscaping. Are there dead leaves still waiting to be raked up? Clearing them away will keep them from becoming a threat to the lawn. As they sit idle and decaying during the winter, they can be an ideal breeding ground for mold, which will destroy your grass and make all the work you’ve put into that gorgeous greenery a total loss. Other debris can be just as detrimental, as well, so do a complete clean sweep. Remove logs, branches, toys, and lawn furniture before things start feeling frosty; and make sure that your grass stays clutter-free all season long. Even seemingly harmless items can create areas of shade that inhibit sunlight and impede proper drainage, which means that stray toys can lead to dead patches and require repair work that’s anything but child’s play.
The Cut-Off Point
True, your lawn mower is looking at some vacation time; but before you put it away for the season, pull it out a few more times to gradually shorten the grass to a height that’s lower than you would during the rest of the year. It sounds a bit counterintuitive to chop it down that much; but by reducing the amount of above-ground growth, you’re discouraging pests from using it as insulation against the cold. Don’t cut it down in one fell swoop, however; do it in stages, which will prevent the grass from going into shock and causing damage that might not be easy to fix.
Starve the Threat:
Feed Before the Cold
Before the freeze sets in, make sure to fertilize. Your lawn is still recovering from the heat and humidity of summer, when it really relies heavily on its nutrient stores to keep growing lush and green. Now that those nutrients have been depleted, they need not only to be replenished, but also stockpiled. As the grass goes into its dormancy in winter, it will be sustaining itself on stored nutrients, so infusing those nutrients into the soil by fertilizing before the first winter freeze is an especially important part of winter lawn care. The root system of your grass absorbs the nutrients provided by the fertilizer and stores them up for the days ahead, ensuring that your lawn and landscaping will survive the upcoming season and right on into the next, when the cold starts to abate and the warmth starts creeping back in.
Don’t let winter weather leave you wondering! Give the experienced team at Executive Landscaping, Inc., a call today!