Every homeowner understands the importance and benefits of having a well-kept lawn. Especially during the springs, you can watch many of them hiring lawns care professionals to mow and aerate their lawns.
However, the experts that are known for providing the best lawn care services in Rochester, suggest that deploying proper winter lawn care methods is quite important to guarantee a healthy lawns during spring.
Here are a few tips from Gorski Landscaping’s experts that can help to prepare your lawns for the winter season.
6 Winter Lawn Care Tips For A Healthier Lawn
1. Aerate Your Lawns Before Winter Hits
Going into winter, it’s important that the grass keeps the strength of its roots. One of the great ways to ensure that is to aerate the lawns before winter. Aerating will help the grass to efficiently absorb oxygen and nutrients and become strong before the snow season hits.
You can easily rent a core aerator from your nearby home garden store at a minimal fee.
Tip: Irrigate the lawns a couple of days before you aerate it.
2. Collect Fallen Leaves and Maintain a Compost Pile
Fallen autumn leaves can be really beneficial for providing nutrition to your lawns. Add these leaves to kitchen waste, plant trimmings, sawdust, etc., and create a compost pile. This compost pile can be used to shield your lawns in winter and also keep it rich with nutrients.
3. Overseed your lawns
Seeding your lawns 6-8 weeks before the first freeze will give the lawns a boost and also prevents excessive grass loss during the winters. One of the biggest benefits is that you are giving the grass seeds ample time to settle. And as the ground is drier in the winters, seeds can settle into cracks and will be held at their place until they are ready to germinate in the spring season.
4. Schedule Watering
The lack of sunshine, wind, and precipitation can desiccate the lawns and cause winter drought. Thus, if you see your lawns drying up, make sure you water the grass deeply on the days when the temperature is above 40°F. Proper irrigation will help in preventing dehydration and control microscopic clover mites that are usually attracted to dry lawns and feed on turf, leaving it damaged and discolored.
5. Winterize your Equipment
Once the weather gets colder, you can start with winterizing your lawns-mower and sprinkler system. Since the requirements of water and mowing will be less, you can focus on repairing and brushing up worn-out parts of your lawns care equipment. Make sure you sharpen the blades to prevent tearing off the grass during the next mowing session. Clean the mower and sprinkler system and ensure that you take out any water left in the system.
6. Spray Pre-emergents
Generally, pre-emergents are used in spring, but if you have completed overseeding your lawns. You would want fewer weeds in your lawns during spring.
The pre-emergents are quite effective in controlling the weeds till the temperature reaches 55-60 degrees. Applying pre-emergents will control unless the temperature goes above 60. (which typically happens in the spring season).
Keep your lawns clean. Leaves and sticks covered with snow get moist and can lead to snow mold and fungus.
If you need any more tips or have any questions about winter lawns care, you can contact the experts of Gorski Landscaping. We are always on our toes to assist our clients in growing beautiful, green lawns!