It’s almost that time of the year – hibernation. With most of the leaves having fallen from the trees, it’s time to turn your attention to preparing your lawn for winter, particularly in the Philadelphia area. Good preparation now will ensure that by spring, your lawn will come back to life. Here are a few suggestions to prepare your lawn.
Rake It Up
A blanket of leaves looks beautiful over the lawn but if you don’t rake them up, they will suffocate your lawn. Clear as much debris as possible to ensure your lawn can breathe.
Lower the mower cutting height to between 1-2 inches (depending on the type of grass). Don’t leave the grass higher than two inches because it could trap moisture and harbor disease. And don’t go lower than half-an-inch or you’ll expose the crown of the grass. Leave a little mulch on the lawn because it can return nitrogen to the soil during winter.
Aerate and Dethatch Your Lawn
This is important to undo compacting. If you don’t own an aerating tool, you can rent one or hire someone, including KS Greenday, to do it for you. Run the machine over your lawn to loosen any compacting. Also, dethatch the covering and seed any bare patches.
Apply Lawn Fertilizer
This will feed your lawn during the cold winter months. A sustained-release product will provide nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and partially blended sulfate for quicker greening in the spring. Use a fertilizer spreader.
One Last Watering
Before putting your lawn to bed, give it one last watering. This will help activate the lawn fertilizer. Pull out weeds if they emerge during the winter.
Winters can put your lawn through some extreme conditions but with preparation, it will happily lay dormant. And then watch it come alive in spring.