It's the most wonderful time of the year, and that means it's time for your lawn to get ready. Yes, winter is coming (pun intended). And with all those cold nights ahead, you'll need to make sure your lawn is prepared by taking care of some important tasks before frost starts setting in. We're here to help you take a look at how to prepare your lawn for winter so it can stay green through the colder months.
We've got everything from what type of soil makes a good choice for freezing climates to how much water should be applied during this period and finally whether or not fertilizers are necessary when preparing for winter weather conditions. If you want more information on any of these topics then keep on reading!
When to Start Winterizing Your Lawn
You may be wondering “When do I need to start winterizing my lawn?” In simple terms, it’s best to know what kind of grass you have. If you have cool season grass such as Fescue or Bluegrass, it’s advisable to start winterizing your lawn in two separate applications, once in the late summer/early fall and the second application during the late fall. If you choose to do this only once a year, it’s best to do it before the snow falls. In most places, you should aim to apply your winter fertilizer in October or November. With the warm season grasses such as Bermuda or Zoysia grass, you would start to fertilize in early fall. In these areas, do not fertilize after September 1. If you do, you will risk fueling new growth that will be damaged by the freezing weather.
Overseeding Lawn in the Fall
Woo-hoo! It’s time now to over seed your lawn. The cool-season grass seeds germinate best when the soil temperatures are between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Which means the daytime temperatures need to be roughly between 60-75 degrees. The warm-season grass seeds germinate best when the soil temperatures are between 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Which means the daytime temperatures are 80 degrees Fahrenheit and above. By overseeding your lawn over your existing lawn, you can thicken up your lawn into the lush green that you’ve always wanted, giving less room for weeds to grow.
How to Take Care of Your Lawn in Winter
Aerate and Fertilize. Next, you would start feeding your lawn with an easy-to-use fertilizer such as Covington’s MicroMAX. After fertilizing, water deeply (about 20 minutes) and then apply mulch around plants such as roses or perennials which need protection from the onslaught of heavy freezes and temperature extremes. The different types of mulch fluctuate with the seasons. Great mulch types for the winter include bark chips, shredded bark, straw, evergreen bough and other loose, coarse textured organic materials. After you get your fertilizer down, it’s time to aerate! Using the Liquid Lawn Aerator will help improve your chances of getting down deep into the soil compared to mechanical aeration, also called core aeration. Liquid aeration provides coverage for the entire lawn, as mechanical aeration only goes into the plug holes and leaves the plugs on the ground. As you may know, mechanical aeration is immediate, but not long lasting. As liquid aeration will have less immediate impact, but the effects are longer lasting and cumulative, so your results get better over time. If you have extremely compacted or clay soil it might be better to do both. By doing both it will help the Liquid Aerator penetrate the lawn more effectively, allowing it to work better and faster. For more tips and tricks about overseeding or even some questions, they can be answered here: https://covingtonnaturals.com/blogs/news/seed-before-or-after-aerating.
Winterizing Your Gas Mower
How the heck do you winterize your gas lawn mower? A quick few steps will help you understand how to do this simple task.
What Happens if You Don’t Winterize Your Lawn Mower?
Not getting your gas mower ready for the winter can have some pretty severe consequences. If you forgot to winterize your gas-powered lawn mower, there’s a pretty great chance that it won’t start in the spring. You could end up clogging the fuel system or even corroding the carburetor. If this has unfortunately happened to you, don’t give up! Chances are you can do a complete tune-up on your mower, and it works just fine, depending on the condition of your mower, what the winter was like and whether or not you have been keeping up with the preventative maintenance on your mower.
How to Winterize Your Lawn Sprinklers
Who knew that you had to winterize your lawn sprinklers? In most places, you probably shut down your sprinkler system in the fall and turn it back on again in the spring. In just four easy steps you can safely winterize your lawn sprinkler system.
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The Final Touch-Ups
If you want to have a healthy lawn come Spring, it’s important that you take care of your property now. Winter is the perfect time for preparing and taking steps towards getting a beautiful yard this season. Whether you live in Florida or Minnesota, there are some basic steps we recommend every homeowner should follow during these colder months. Don’t forget to clean out leaves from gutters, remove any debris on top of the ground like sticks and pine needles, and turn off automatic sprinklers if they haven't been used all year long. These simple tasks will set your home up for success when warmer weather arrives! What other tips do you offer homeowners? How have these insights helped improve the health of your own lawn? Let us know!