In most areas of the country, winter can be brutal on your lawn, but if you take care of it in the fall, you will be rewarded come next spring. Here are some maintenance care steps to follow before your grass can take it’s much deserved winter’s rest.
- Rid your lawn of all fallen leaves. In other words, grab a rake and get some exercise or go over the grass with your lawnmower. Those leaves are beautiful when freshly fallen, but eventually they turn grey and slimy-looking, and smother your grass. Put the bag on your mulching lawnmower, and spread the shredded leaves in your garden or put them in your compost pile.
- No matter how much you hate weeding, do it now. Many weed heads, the flowers, are ready to throw their seeds around your yard in the fall, so the sooner you gently yank these out, the better. Oftentimes you can find weeds easier in the fall because your grass is turning brown and the weeds are still in their green glory.
- The temperature is cooler in autumn and that’s a more favorable time to grow new grass in your problem areas. Time to overseed or reseed and get those baby grasses growing before the severe weather kicks in. If you’ve got bigger problems, now is the time to lay down patches of sod.
- Keep mowing, even though your grass isn’t growing as fast. Why? Well mostly because it just looks better if your grass is neatly trimmed before it sits there looking brown and grim all winter.
- Watering? Yes! Sure, you can cut it back if the temperature outside is not as hot as it was in summer. But keep an eye towards rainfall and water accordingly.
- Take some time to apply a winter-type fertilizer appropriate for your type of grass and your area of the country. Give your lawn some food before it hibernates.
- Aerate in the beginning of fall for all the right reasons – allows water to get down deeper to encourage deep root growth, allows nutrients to the roots, and breaks up ground compaction.
Your grass may be dormant through the winter, but it is not dead. Take care of your lawn this fall with a little TLC and it will reward you next spring.