Winter is still pretty far away and we know it is not the most likeable season for homeowners because obviously it is getting cold and nasty and to a business like ours we know that the weather change can ruin lawns! For an unprepared lawn-owner, winter can be brutal and difficult but with ample knowledge and preparedness winter doesn’t have to ruin everything. Not that winter is the antagonist but lawns just don’t love them.
There are different seasons around the country and no matter whether you live in the colder area or the sunnier area; it is the best interest of the lawn owner to take advantage of the fall to prepare the lawn to provide for after the winter. Basically there are so little variations on how to approach the lawn in these different seasons, so here is the checklist you definitely must have to take proper care of your lawn after winter.
- Fertilizing. Giving the grass very sturdy roots is the best way for plants to be protected from weeds, insects and other parasitic elements. But be very informed with the fertilizer that you are using; apparently the fertilizer you must be acquiring is definitely for winter and there is specific Fall Lawn Food that might be the best for you.
- Watering. It doesn’t mean that summer has ended and that watering of plants is also finished. Until the first sting of cold, the lawns in the Northern part should be watered. For lawn owners down South, watering the lawn every 2-3 weeks until the ground starts to freeze is necessary.
- Seeding. Grasses can actually be warm-season or cool-season. Warm-season grasses are for spring and summer and cool-season grasses are planted in fall. Overseeding comes after aeration and thatching, and you must take advantage of this to repair portions of the lawn; and to make it easier GreenView Lawn Repair combines seeding, mulching and fertilizing for you.
- Maintaining. Trimming your lawn grasses for the winter is essential. Cold hampers the growth of the grasses but then the grasses must be long enough to insulate themselves and short enough to carry the weight of the snow. For Northern areas the length of the grasses must be 1 ½ inches to 2 inches and grasses for Southern areas be trimmed into 2 inches to 2 ½ inches.
The falling leaves provide the dilemma of raking them or mulching them. There are actually benefits to both. Raking the leaves is practical as most experts say because they block necessary elements such as air and light from getting to your grasses. Mulching a very thin layer of leaves will decompose and act as fertilizers to the grasses and further protection.
If you are needing any care for your lawn in or around the Springfield IL area, then please give us a call at 217 899-0091 We would love to give you a free estimate.