How to Prep Your Lawn in Winter

Cooler temps are sweeping across the nation bringing winter to many northern locations. Preparing your lawn for the dormant winter months can help you have healthy grass when spring finally arrives. Here are some tips to help you care for your lawn in cooler temps.

Irrigation System

Fall is a great time to check out the irrigation system. Using a company specializing in professional irrigation St Louis can repair any leaks or cracks in the system. Now is also a good time to reevaluate how the sprinkler system is laid out. If you have constant dead spots in the summertime, a professional can help you address that section with a more robust sprinkler head or adding another to reach a particular area. Doing this before the ground hardens in the winter makes working on the sprinkler system easier. You also want to winterize the system by draining out excess water.

Lawn Aeration

Lawn aeration pokes holes in the ground to allow the grassroots to receive more air. There are motorized and manual aerators. Use one that makes sense for the size of the lawn you have to aerate. After aeration, plant new grass seed to help fill in any patches and cover with fresh soil. Don’t forget to water those new seeds.

Clean Up

During the fall, the trees above often dump large amounts of leaves onto the lawn. While the changing colors may look beautiful, they can choke the lawn beneath. Make sure to rake up those leaves and bag them. Besides smothering the grass, leaves can hide small rodents and insects and invite disease.

Apply Fertilizer

One of the best things you can do for your lawn during the fall and winter months is to fertilize. There are many companies that offer a winterizer fertilizer that helps protect your lawn during the cold months. Using a spreader can help you evenly distribute fertilizer throughout the lawn. The lawn may lie dormant during the winter, but it’s growing beneath the surface.

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