How to Prepare Your Lawn For The Winter

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Winter is just around the corner, and there’s work to be done before the snow falls. While many homeowners think that their lawn requires less attention in the fall because the grass doesn’t grow as rapidly, this is a misconception. Making sure you prepare your lawn before a rough Pittsburgh winter is essential if you want it to be healthy and thrive come spring. If you care for your lawn in the fall, the rewards will be evident in the spring, because you’ll be providing your lawn with the vital nutrients, moisture, and energy it needs to safely survive our harsh winters. Here at Custom Turf, we recommend following these simple tips:

Advice From the Experts

  • Don’t stop mowing until the grass has stopped growing. As fall comes to a close, drop the blade to a slightly lower setting for the last two cuts. DO NOT MOW SHORTER THAN 3”! This allows more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass, where the blade of grass comes out of the ground. This will encourage new growth in the spring.
  • Rake your leaves once they start to fall. For safety’s sake, and to help your back, it’s best to rake sections of your lawn at a time so you don’t have to do it all at once. Leaves left on a lawn over winter will smother your grass, turning your lawn into a brown patch.
  • Aerate your lawn so the roots can have access to vital water, oxygen, and fertilizer.
  • Fertilize your lawn in the late fall. This is the best time of year to fertilize because your lawn is hungry. Fertilizer helps grass survive hibernation, and encourage it to wake up early in the spring to start growing again. Even though your grass slows  growth in the fall, the roots grow at the same rate, and you want your roots to be deep in the soil come spring.
  • Trim trees and bushes where you find dead or dying branches. This will keep your plant life healthy.
  • Mulch around trees and shrubs after the first hard freeze. Mulch helps protect plants from cold weather.
  • Take care of weeds by applying an herbicide. Weeds, like grass, are absorbing everything they can in the fall so they have energy through the winter, and this makes them an easy victim to your weed control products. Applying it in the fall means they won’t return in the spring.
  • Fill in bald spots, if you have any. Try to remove the dead grass by its roots, then rake the soil, lay down a thick layer of seed, and water it every morning and evening until it begins to grow.
  • Sprinklers should be turned off and drained. Any water still in your pipes once they freeze will make they burst.

Leave it to the Professionals

Here at Custom Turf, we know how laborious and time-consuming yard work can be. When you want to spend time with friends or family, taking care of your lawn is the last thing you want to do. If you need some advice, or want some help, give us a call. Be sure to protect your lawn from the harsh winter that’s coming, and stay warm!

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