As fall gives way to cold winter weather, it is time to begin preparing your lawn to survive the snowy weather ahead. Just because the warm summer months are gone doesn’t mean you can take a break from lawn care. To ensure a healthy lawn come springtime, you need to maintain your lawn throughout the fall season.
Don’t Stop Mowing
Even though the weather is cold, you will need to continue mowing the lawn as required until it stops growing for the season. By continuing to mow your lawn, the grass will be able to receive the sunlight and water it needs to thrive. As the season draws to an end, you should cut your lawn on your mower’s lowest setting for your last two cuttings before winter begins.
Another benefit of trimming your grass short is that it leaves less leaf to turn brown throughout the winter. Be sure to avoid trimming off more than one-third of the grass blade per cutting. If you trim your lawn too low, it can stunt your lawn’s growth, and your lawn will be more likely to suffer from diseases and weeds.
Clean Up Your Lawn
Don’t leave your lawn covered in leaves. They will not insulate your lawn from the cold winter temperatures, but they will block out the sunlight your lawn needs to survive. Without adequate sunlight, your lawn can become weak or brown when springtime rolls around. You can either mulch the leaves into smaller pieces or rake them up and dispose of them.
Be sure to also clean out leaves and other plant debris from borders and plant beds to prevent mold and mildew. It is also important to pull any weeds in your garden and to remove any dead or dying annuals. Following the first hard freeze of the winter, you can apply 2-3” deep mulch around your plants. This will help insulate the plant roots, protecting them from the cold.
Feed Your Lawn
When preparing your lawn for winter, it is crucial to continue fertilizing or feeding your lawn. Fertilizing in the fall is effective because plants are beginning to respond to triggers such as temperature changes and day length. This slows down their growth and shifts their food reserves from the leaves to the roots.
Even in colder temperatures, the grass roots remain active in the soil. When you fertilize your lawn in the fall season, you are feeding these active grass roots, helping them to store more nutrients for the winter season which can help your lawn get back to green faster when spring arrives.
At Superior Lawn Care, our Fall Special Offer can get your lawn ready for the winter months so you can enjoy a lush green lawn in the spring.
Contact us today to learn about how our lawn care services can prepare your lawn for winter. We proudly serve southwestern PA, including Indiana, Belle Vernon, Upper St. Clair, Greensburg, Wexford, Uniontown, and throughout the Pittsburgh area.