No matter where you live, winter is a stressful time for your lawn. Cooler temperatures and snow can leave grass brittle and weak, making it susceptible to breakage. The excess water on your lawn can cause snow mold. What's more, low temperatures and harsh winds can strip grass leaves of moisture they can't replace, leading to dormancy. Even with all of this happening, you can be sure your lawn is NOT dead. It's just hibernating, and we want to help you make hibernation as healthy as possible. Properly preparing before the change in season is your best bet for preventing any kind of damage. A strong lawn in the fall can truly set you up for an even stronger lawn in the spring! Use a few (or all) of these tips to help strengthen your lawn before the snow flies.
-Mow every 10-14 days until all leaves have fallen
-Gradually lower your mower height
-Mow to 2-3 inches of length, hit the sweet spot between unkempt and shaved
-Less is more
-Slowly cut back on watering as winter approaches
–Warmer climate: reduce how often and how long you water
–Cooler climate: stop sprinklers
-Apply fertilizer in October-ish
-Choose a product that is natural, that has 0% phosphates, and that is high in stress-reducing nutrients
-Any time during September and October is a good time
-Soil should be moist (but not soggy)
-If it’s been dry in your area, water a little the day before
*Aerating helps oxygen, water, and fertilizer get to your grass’ roots
*Don’t over-mulch, more is not better!
-All mulched pieces should be able to get to the soil
-Smaller mulch pieces are better
-Take more than one pass with your mulching mower
*Or, apply a thin layer of a fine mulch (like peat moss!)
-After aeration, mowing, fertilizing , mulching… then you seed!
-Fix those thin/bald spots now for a beautiful spring lawn
-Keep up with leaf debris
-Don’t wait until ALL your leaves have fallen, your lawn needs sunlight!
-Rake when leaves are dry, leaves stick like glue to your lawn when wet
-Treat/remove dandelions and other weeds
-It’s best to attack the roots in the fall, as that’s when they’re taking up nutrients and growing the most
-Keep your lawn clean and uncluttered
-Removing toys, tools, and trash will prevent pesky dead spots