There is no greater sense of pride for a homeowner than having that perfect lawn. Not only does it look great it has also been shown to increase the value of a home should the owner wish to sell. Not only that but a great lawn is the perfect backdrop to those get-togethers with family and friends – a barbecue while kids play on the lawn is one of the greatest joys one can experience. However, keeping a lawn in great shape is a full-time job – and when winter is nearing preparing a lawn for the colder months can be a challenge. Lawn winterization is however not as daunting a task as many homeowners think. Call Sprinkler Authority to winterize your sprinkler system.
Here are some great tips on how to go about making sure that your lawn comes through the winter months healthy and looking great – and ready for the long warm days of summer and those wonderful days outdoors.
One of the first steps to ensuring that your lawn will emerge unscathed from those winter days and nights is to make sure that you select the right fertilizer to treat the lawn prior to the cold setting in. This is especially important if the lawn is one of the cool season varieties such as Rye or Bluegrass. These varieties look wonderful in the fall – but need a little help to make it through the winter months.
The ideal winter fertilizer will contain large amounts of potassium to help keep root systems healthy so that when Spring does arrive the lawn is ready to begin a new growth cycle.
Warm season grasses such as Bermuda or St. Augustine require intensive feeding in Spring. They basically go into hibernation when that first frost hits so a healthy dose of potassium heavy fertilizer is not required. Stick to regular nitrogen-rich fertilizer and keep up the feeding schedule for as long as possible during the cold months.
A proper fertilizing schedule is essential, especially for a cool season lawn. Fertilizer should be applied in two stages. The first at the onset of fall and the second dose when the cold weather really starts to bite.
Aside from taking extra care when it comes to lawn winterization fertilizer treatment, there are some other approaches that the homeowner can take to ensure that the lawn remains healthy over the winter. Make sure to aerate as often as possible – this keeps root systems healthy by allowing nutrients to soak deep into the soil. It also stops soil from becoming too hard and impeding growth. Cool season lawns can also benefit from overseeding at the onset of winter. this will give the lawn a head start when the warmer season begins and allow it to outcompete weeds which will also start to grow when the weather warms. Also, keep weeding throughout the winter months. If you live in a warmer part of the country keep up your mowing schedule – however in cooler regions you would probably be best advised to half your normal mowing activity.
These are just some tips that will help your lawn to literally weather the colder months of the year. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure when it comes to protecting one of your best outdoor investments – your lawn.