Blog preparing your lawn for winter

Ryder’s Lawn Care – Blog
Getting your lawn prepared for winter is very important for a healthy lawn the next year. If your soil is compacted, right before winter is a great time to aerate your lawn. Aerating before winter will give you nice soil to over-seed in the spring and the holes from aerating will have closed up for the most part so you won’t have to worry about losing half of your grass seed in three inch holes. If you performed a fall clean up or hired a lawn care service to do your fall clean up than you shouldn’t have to worry about leaves. If you didn’t perform a fall clean up than you want to make sure the leaves are at least chopped up by mowing over them before it starts to snow. Leaving leaves piled up on your lawn over the winter can cause major damage to your turf by blocking out the sun or growing mold.If you don’t pick up the leaves, plan on having some patchy spots by spring. Now if this happens it can be repaired, but may be expensive. Another important factor is how long the grass is when it snows. We like to be between 3 – 3.5 inches. If the lawn is to long the snow will lay the grass over and have the same effects as not picking up the leaves. Last but not least is a Winter fertilizer treatment. This needs to be performed as late in the season as possible, just so it will provide nutrients to your lawn throughout the winter. A weed and feed may be necessary rather than a straight fertilizer if you have some stubborn, hard to kill weeds. Weeds are easier to kill after they go dormant. Keep in mind when you are deciding whether or not you want to take these steps that  a Fall clean up and one last mow is going to be a lot cheaper than repairing your lawn. The Winter treatment is not something you have to do but will give you grass a better start for Spring.  Scotts has a good winterguard but usually costs about the same to hire a lawn care company as it would to use their products yourself. Thanks for reading my blog. Please give us a call if you are interested in any of the services mentioned or anything else.

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