Before winter arrives, you should prepare your lawn for the cold by getting it ready in advance. There are some lawn care habits that you should keep up with to ensure that your lawn stays healthy even in the midst of the winter freeze. For a better understanding of exactly what your lawn needs, have a soil test completed so that you’ll have the full picture of the health of your lawn. Here’s how you can prepare your lawn for winter.
Regardless of where you usually kept your grass cut in the summer, keep it between an inch and 1.5 inches as you prepare for the winter. At this height, you can aerate your lawn a lot easier. It also gives you a better idea of how much compost you’ll need to use for your top dressing. At this height, you also won’t have to mow your lawn as often, which can put more stress on your grass and plants.
Aerating is an important step toward maintaining the health of your lawn leading up to winter. Wait for a day when your lawn is nice and moist to allow the tool to easily penetrate through the soil. Use your hand to test the soil to make sure you’re at the right consistency. Go over the perimeter of your lawn a couple times to create a buffer zone for maneuvering all over your grass.
When you apply top dressing to your lawn, it’s more than just sprinkling some on and walking away. Use cured compost that is dry and crumbly. Then once you have it spread over your lawn, use a leaf rake to work it in.
Depending on the results of your soil test, use a mixture of your favorite fertilizer and pelletized lime. If you have access to a rotary spreader, it’s a quick and efficient way to get the job done.
One of the most important tips on this list is that you don’t forget that your lawn still needs water. Just because the weather is getting cooler doesn’t mean that your lawn doesn’t still need hydration. Water at about five minutes at a time about three times a day.
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