Does the care for the green lawn end when the summer ends? It is not so. Take these simple steps for a healthy lawn for next spring.
During the winter and autumn, you may not spend much time in your lawn.
Most of the house owners think their lawns need less care during the winter. Grass absorbs energy, moisture, and nutrients in preparation for a long, dormant winter. So a little attention is essential and you’ll be rewarded with a lush, healthy spring lawn.
To maintain a healthy lawn in all seasons follow these six tips.
Keep on Mowing
Water and mow your lawn. Do it whenever it requires throughout the fall. Drop the mower’s blade to its lowest setting for the last two cuttings of the year when the season nears. This will allow more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass. There will be less leaf to turn brown during the winter.
When the climate is cooler, lower your mower blade from about 3 or more inches to 2½ inches. When the blade is high, the grass will produce more nutrients, when it is dormant.
Aerate the Soil
One of the ideal times to aerate your lawn is during the fall. This helps the oxygen, water, and fertilizer to reach the grassroots easily. You can rent a gas-powered, walk-behind lawn aerator for about $70 per day. The self-propelled machine quickly punches holes into the soil. It extracts plugs of dirt. If you’ve got a very large yard hire a landscaping contractor.
Rake the Leaves
Fallen leaves should be removed from your lawn as soon as possible. Don’t wait until all the leaves have fallen from the trees to start raking. If you wait the leaves will become wet from rain and morning dew. This will suffocate the grass and breed fungal diseases.
A lawnmower fitted with a collection bag or vacuum system can be used as an alternative to raking. These methods are effective when you have a very large yard with many deciduous trees. Remove the leaves before they turn into a soggy, suffocating mess.
Fertilize for future growth
Lawn experts suggest fertilizing your lawn only once a year. It results better when you do it in the fall. Grass leaves grow slowly as the weather turns cool. But the grassroots and rhizomes continue to grow quickly. The fertilizer delivers essential nutrients for the grass to grow deep roots. They keep nutrients in reserve for a healthy start next spring.
Fertilize for the winter
If your lawn has stopped growing it doesn’t mean you should stop feeding it. A healthy root system is significant for organic lawn care. It makes it easier for the grass to resist pests and weeds.
Things to remember:
- Remove the leaves
- Keep cutting, but to the correct height
- Continue watering
- Loosen the soil
- Add fertilizer
- Spread seed
- Stay on schedule