Winter lawn care & maintenance tips – part 1 of 2

Ahhhh! The crisp fall air is finally here! If you think you were done with yardwork and you could focus solely on the 2016 NFL season … think again!

Here is some advice to help you maintain a healthy and happy lawn throughout winter for Connecticut lawns.

Although the winter months aren’t considered a time for yardwork, it pays to properly prepare your lawn for winter. Regularly preparing your grass lawn for winter is the best way to ensure a healthy and lush green turf when spring comes ’round. Follow these basic tips for keeping your lawn in good shape for the freezy cold months ahead.

1. Make sure you rake leaves and remove all debris

When absolutely possible, you’ll want to keep any object, such as fallen tree libnms & branches, fire pits and lawn furniture, off of the grass all year long. Any object left on the grass during winter will certainly leave a dead spot come spring. Regular raking or leaf blowing will also help remove dead leaves and other debris, which often suffocates your grass. Adding finely mulched or shredded leaves to your lawn in the fall usually helps to add nutrients—but whole, broad leaves will suffocate the grass. If your grass is frozen, be careful not to walk on it during the winter. Why? Excessive foot traffic—especially if you have kids—can break and damage the blades.

2. Now need to water if you have an irrigation system … or even if you don’t

The cool season grasses that our lawns have in Connecticut experience a growth period in the rainier, cooler months of fall. Once we experience winter frost, you won’t require additional watering. If you utilize GreenWay Irrigation’s services, we will be sure to winterize and blow out your sprinkler system before it gets really cold.

3. Do not aerate or overseed during the winter months

Aerating your lawn this fall (before November 1st) is a great way to allow fertilizer, water, sunlight and new grass seeds to enter hard-packed lawn surfaces. But don’t do it after November 1st if possible. When you do aerate, we recommend you use a motorized aerator, rather than the spiked shoes you often see at the hardware store. Contrary to popular belief, those spikes actually compact the soil, rather than aerate it. You’re not just making holes, you want to loosen the top soil so the grass roots can easily move horizontally and vertically through the soil. If you are uncomfortable doing aeration by yourself, consult with a trained professional. They can explain the pros of this service and they’ll make sure it’s done right and safely. Beware of hittting your sprinkler lines & heads—you can do some serious damage if you have an irrigation system.

So here’s a few tips to get you started … tomorrow in part 2 of this expose … we’ll add a few more.

 

Comments

  1. Johnny McCarron says:

    I like your advice to rake your leaves and remove debris. I think that many people underestimate the difference it makes to clean up that part of your lawn if you are about to mow it. However, it only makes sense that you would want to mow more regularly if your yard is clean. Do you have any other tips about caring for your lawn?

    • Johnny McCarron says:

      Hello Johnny … thanks for your kind comments. I promise if you keep checking periodically, we’ll be posting tips guaranteed to please. Blessings to you my friend.

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