As summer comes to a close, it is important to start taking measures to prepare the yard for the cold winter months. When proper preparation is taken, the risk of the lawn dying out under the snow is minimized. Taking measures early will make it easier to enjoy a beautiful spring when the snow melts and the lawn revives.
Put Down Fertilizer
Fertilizing the turf will help provide the nutrients the lawn needs to grow and thrive in the spring. In early autumn or late summer, put down an appropriate fertilizer for the grass. The best fertilizer for grass should contain nitrogen to encourage better growth.
As a general rule, putting down fertilizer before the leaves fall will help. Homeowners should put down more fertilizer in areas with damage from the summer months to encourage better growth after the winter.
Remove Thatch and Leaves
Fall is a time when thatch and leaves will end up on the lawn. Homeowners should never allow the thatch and leaves to remain on the turf because it can lead to poor regrowth in the spring.
Thatch is removed from the yard because it might contain insects, fungus or other pests that can damage the yard. By removing the thatch, the potentially damaging pests and fungus is also removed. The pests will not eat the grass seeds or roots that allow spring growth.
Raking and removing leaves in autumn is important because a layer of leaves will prevent sunlight from reaching the grass seeds and plants. When the sun is not able to reach the plants below the leaves, it will eventually kill off the grass and prevent regrowth the next spring.
Put Down Seeds
Seeds are a necessary part of spring growth, particularly in areas where the grass has died in the summer due to insects or other problems. Putting down seeds will provide the materials that are necessary for growth the next season.
When putting down seeds homeowners should turn the soil and throw the seeds so that they touch the soil. If the grass seeds do not touch the soil, then it will not become rooted properly and will not grow in the spring.
Keep the Grass Cut
Autumn does not mean it is time to avoid regular maintenance. Since the grass is still growing, particularly in the first months of the season, it is important to continue mowing the grass. Due to the changing weather, it is better to set the lawn mower to a slightly higher setting. This allows a little extra growth, which can help when it comes to gaining energy from the sun.
Keeping up with regular maintenance will ensure the lawn is in the best shape during the winter months. If the grass becomes overgrown in autumn, then it will have less chance of survival during the winter.
Preparing for winter is not challenging, but it is necessary. When proper steps are taking to fertilize the lawn, put down seeds, maintain the yard and prevent suffocation from the falling leaves, the years will look amazing in spring.
About the Author
Andy Hall is an online marketing manager for Cornerstone Homes. He writes about Calgary home builders, interior design, and home improvements.