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Preparing Your Lawn For Winter

Posted by: Nick DiBenedetto on November 22, 2019

The growing season has come to an end and it’s time for your lawn to take a long winter’s nap.  As the weather turns it’s time to prepare for winter. The things you do now can go a long way to having a healthy lawn in the spring after the long winter months.

Clean Off The Debris

The beautiful fall leaves have fallen from the trees and are now gathering on your lawn and in shrub beds.  Left in place, dry fall leaves can cause several different problems for the lawn.  They can shade the lawn and cause thinning of the grass.  They also can hold in moisture underneath them.  Snow piling up on top of the leaves can lead to the matting down of the grass.  This can kill the grass and leave thin or even bare patches in the spring.  The matting down of the grass and increase in moisture can also potentially lead to snow mold developing over the winter.

Adjust The Mowing Height

If you haven’t done so by now, your lawn should be at its final height of 2 to 2½ inches.  Again, this is vital to reducing the matting down of the grass that can lead to dead patches and disease.  Your lawn will also green up quicker in the spring.  Those existing grass blades will not green up.  The new growth from the crown of the grass plant is where the spring green up comes from.  Having those shorter grass blades to mow off in the spring will let the new green growth of spring be visible much more quickly. 

Fertilize Your Lawn

The final step to prepare your lawn is to apply a winterizer fertilizer. Believe it or not there really is winter lawn care. This is one of the most important times to fertilize because it provides the cool season grasses in your lawn the nutrients it needs over the winter which helps to bring a quick spring green up.

No matter the type of grass you have in your lawn taking these simple steps will help prepare your lawn for winter and get the grasses growing early the next spring!

Get More Info From The Pros!

Looking for more information on winter, lawn preparations or just ready to let the professionals take over your lawn care needs? The Grassmaster Plus team is ready and willing to answer any questions you have and can provide you a free quote on your lawn care services for the season. Contact our local office today!