Prepping Your Lawn for Winter

Benjamin Franklin once said “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” This philosophy is applicable to all facets of life, including your lawn. As we are starting to enter winter, your lawn is about to be subject to the harshest conditions it will face all year. A well-prepared lawn will survive the winter and thrive in the spring, an unprepared one will do the opposite.

Leaves

This part of lawn care is easily the most dreaded by adults and children alike. Raking leaves is a tedious task, and many question if it is necessary. However, if you want a healthy lawn in the spring, it is vital to rake leaves. A layer of dead leaves can be detrimental to the health of the grass underneath. The leaves inhibit proper water flow to your grass, and facilitates the growth of moss and fungi that steal nutrients away from the grass. The least you can do to prepare your lawn for the winter is remove the leaves off your lawn. If you choose not to rake leaves because you don’t have room in your home for a rake and/or a leaf blower, fear not! Our storage options can allow you to purchase these essential lawn care items and use them when necessary, saving you space at home.

Aeration 

The next step is to aerate your newly cleared lawn. Spiking holes in the ground may seem counterintuitive, as it seems damaging to the health of your lawn, however it is not.  Aeration is a technique used by humanity for thousands of years to provide better drainage and airflow for plants, in your case grass.

Covering the Holes

After letting your lawn aerate for a couple of weeks (depending on your lawn’s type of grass), it will be time to cover up the holes. The best way to do this is apply a layer of dry top-dressing over your lawn. In the long run this will help drainage into your grass as well as provide essential nutrients. If you do not want to purchase all of your top-dressing right before you apply it, consider our drive up storage options so you can keep your top-dressing safe and access it when you’re ready to apply it to your lawn.

Fertilizing

After you have done all of that, it is time for the icing on the cake. Fertilizing is what will feed your lawn during the harsh and cold winter. A fertilized lawn is the difference between a bear that goes into hibernation full and content, versus one that goes in hungry. If you do not feed your lawn before it hibernates for the winter, it will starved come spring time. You do not want your lawn to starve. Properly spreading fertilizer over your lawn before the winter will prepare it for a long and harsh winter.

If you want your lawn to survive the winter and flourish in the spring, it is important to properly prepare it! By taking these steps you will set your lawn up to thrive come spring time.

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