Depending on where you live will determine whether you need to winterize your lawn. For areas that receive ample amounts of snow and freezing temperatures, winterizing your lawn is a must. Follow the tips below to prepare and protect your lawn so it stays healthy through winter.
Blow Out Sprinklers
Be sure to blow out your sprinkler system to avoid tedious repairs in the spring. You can either hire a company to blow out your sprinklers, or you can do it on your own with an air compressor. Blowing out sprinklers clears the water left in the lines ensuring it will not freeze and crack your system when freezing temperatures hit in the winter. If you prefer to do this yourself, check out these tips from The Family Handyman.
Remove Leaves and Mow
Be sure you rake up any fallen leaves and give your lawn a quick mow before aerating and fertilizing. Shorter grass offers more protection in the winter.
When the soil is somewhat moist, use an aerator to punch holes in the ground, removing chunks of dirt throughout your lawn. This helps fertilizer reach the roots while allowing additional water and oxygen to penetrate the lawn.
Your plants know when winter is coming as the days become shorter and the temperature starts to drop. If you have cool-season turf, fertilizing your lawn in the fall is a must. Typically referred to as ‘winterizer fertilizer,’ this fertilizer helps establish and maintain strong roots, which will carry your grass through the winter. If you live in mild winter areas, fertilizing might be best at different times throughout the year. If you are unsure of what your soil needs, perform a soil test to determine when fertilizing is necessary.
Cover New Tree Trunks
Cover the trunks of new trees with paper in the fall before the first freeze. Keep this paper on until spring to protect your trees from UV damage during the winter months when your trees do not have protective leaves.
Whether you are considering installing steel lawn edging, or if you already have it installed, you won’t have to worry about winter weather damaging it. Steel edging is able to withstand the effects of ground movement during freezing and warming cycles, while coated steel edging has protection from rust that may occur due to moisture. Winterizing your lawn is key to keeping it healthy and protected for the winter. Prevent any unnecessary work in the spring by following the above tips.