Winterizing the lawn is an important step for getting lush and vibrant grass in the spring, but it’s a step that’s often overlooked. To help your lawn stay resilient during the winter and looking its best next year, we’ve rounded up our top 5 fall tips to prepare your lawn for the winter so you can keep it healthy all year.
Rake Up Remaining Leaves & Dethatch
After the last of the leaves have fallen around your yard, get the rake out to collect them. Leaving a layer of leaves and debris on the turf can weigh the grass down once the heavy snow and ice arrive. This can leave your lawn with bare patches in the spring. While you’re raking the leaves, use enough pressure to scrap the dead layers of grass off as well. This dethatching process helps the grass seed reach the soil more easily and grow.
Aerate the Soil
For really compact soil that’s tightly packed, aerating may be needed. An aeration device punctures small holes all throughout the lawn, making it easier for water and nutrients to penetrate down to the roots and promote healthier growth.
Choose the Right Seed to Apply
Fall can also be a good time to apply grass seed to establish new roots and replenish growth in the spring and summer. But it’s important to choose the right type of seed for your soil and grass. Ask your local lawn care expert or read the labels carefully before purchasing to make sure it’s right for your grass.
When applying the seed, make sure to do it well before the first snowfall. And when dousing the lawn, apply a generous amount to encourage thicker turf to prevent stubborn weeds from growing next year.
During the earlier part of the season, give the lawn a boost of nutrients to keep it healthy and vigorous so it can survive until next spring. Like with the grass seed, make sure to choose one that’s made for the fall.
If your landscape could use a little TLC this fall, we can help prepare your lawn for winter so you can dedicate your time to what matters more. We specialize in sodding, re-sodding, landscaping and we even offer instant lawns with artificial turf, so you never have to struggle with maintenance again. Get in touch with us to learn more about our services!