Late fall is your last chance to take care of turf care details that will prepare your lawn for a healthy winter and give it a strong leg up next spring. If you’ve been putting off putting your lawn to bed for the winter months, we strongly suggest doing it now. Our Spring-Green experts and their professional lawn care services will help you make sure your lawn is ready for the winter.
Lower the height of your mower. Your lawn should enter winter without any young, tender growth that could make it more appealing to winter lawn diseases, like snow mold. New, soft growth on the lawn is more prone to dry out after the first winter winds come through, which leaves you with a tan, or brown, lawn all winter. So, as late fall approaches, begin to gradually bring the cutting height down on your mower, until you are almost, but not quite scalping the lawn. Our mowing tips article can help you sharpen your skills for this chore. It’s important to do this in several steps to avoid suddenly removing all the green leaf tissue and damaging the turf.
This is a time of year when your lawn can really chow down, and make quick and good use of fertilizer. The lawn's top growth has slowed, so these lawn fertilizing nutrients go straight to the roots for a strong start next spring. Your turf, actually, converts the fertilizer into food reserves and loads up its root system so it’s ready, willing, and able to get a quick (and healthy) start for growing grass in the spring. Expert fertilization from your local Spring-Green professional will help set your yard up for a successful winter. Contact your neighborhood Spring-Green professional today.
Before snow or other winter weather hits, take the time to go over the lawn one more time. If the lawn has not been aerated, there may still be time. Aeration is very effective as long as the soil is not frozen. In other words, as long as we can still pull a good core, your lawn will directly benefit. Core aeration in late fall gives the plugs we pull plenty of time to "melt" down and to get thatch decomposing. Be sure your mower and other lawn equipment has been winterized to save grief in the spring. Late fall and winter are great times to discuss your turf care program for spring. Making a few yard care decisions early might save you money! After all, if winter is here, spring can't be far behind!
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