Autumn is approaching quickly! Before we know it, leaves will be falling and snow will be gracing us at our doorsteps. You may be excited about this season change, or you might be dreading it, either way, your lawn needs you.
In fact, many homeowners believe that when the seasons change from summer to fall and fall to winter, your grass won’t need much attention. This only leaves grass dying and wishing that it got the attention it needed before it was too late. Because grass needs much more attention than many homeowners provide, here are six tips to keep your grass happy during a long and dormant winter.
Lawn care is an important part about being a homeowner. Although you may not be too keen on the idea of preparing your lawn for each season that comes and goes in Loveland, Colorado, it’s a necessity that must take place if you want a green and thriving yard.
Believe it or not, but the fall season is a great time to contact a local landscaping company to go over some landscape design ideas for the spring. In Loveland and Fort Collins, Colorado, we never know when the snow is going to hit, so it’s hard to gauge when to stop landscaping. So the fall time is one of the best times to design a new landscape and plan for the spring if you are wanting to change up your layout.
Keep mowing and watering.
Even though your lawn isn’t growing as fast as in the beginning of summer, it still needs a fresh cut and steady watering to stay healthy. It’s also a great idea to mow your grass shorter than usual to prepare it for snow.
Aerate the soil.
It’s always ideal to have your lawn aerated. Doing this will give your lawn the water, oxygen and fertilizer it needs to stay healthy all winter long. If the roots stay healthy, you’ll be much more likely to have a green and healthy long come spring.
Rake up those leaves.
We understand that raking leavings isn’t a very fun job, however, it’s important to remove them from your grass as soon as possible! Leaving leaves to rot on your grass can cause fungal diseases to start and spread.
Fertilize to prepare for future growth.
It’s important to fertilize your lawn at least once, or twice a year. One of these times should include before winter, or during the fall. This is because grass grows much more slowly in cool weather, but the roots and rhizomes (horizontal plant stems) continue to grow quickly.
Fill in your lawn’s bald spots.
Every lawn gets bald spots every now and then, and the fall is the best time to repair any of these bare, bald spots in your lawn. Using grass seed, lawn repair mixtures, or quick starter lawn fertilizers is the best way to do this.
Take care of weeds.
Weed control is a big deal, and one of the easiest times to take care of weeds are in the fall. Fight back by using weed killers and herbicide now, so that they won’t return in the spring.