Cold weather is quickly approaching and that means it’s time to hunker down and stay warm. But with the way winter storms hit in Kansas City, there’s definitely one more thing to tend to before slipping into hibernation mode. Since we’re big fans of lush, beautiful yards, we want to make sure yours is in top shape come spring, which is why we’re sharing the best ways to prep your lawn for winter.
Mow Longer and Lower
As tempting as it is to put the yard work away at the first sign of fall, it’s important to continue mowing your lawn into the cooler weather months. Maintaining it now and finishing the season with a low, 1-1 ½ inch blade length allows it to absorb as much sunlight as possible and prevents an onslaught of brown blades in the spring. It also preps you for our next important step: aeration!
Don’t Wait to Aerate
Giving your lawn the last bit of nutrients to survive the cold winter months is as important as it sounds. Punching small holes in the soil creates a more efficient path for water and fertilizer by getting them right down to the roots of your grass. Once those passageways are open, you’ll get more effective results from the next step on our list: nourishment.
Feed and Overseed
Fertilizing and overseeding your lawn is most valuable when it’s done in the fall, and has a longer-lasting effect when it’s done after aeration. Using the small holes in the soil to provide your grassroots with nutrients ensures a much healthier growth through the winter. Beginning with a consistent layer of fertilizer, and then topping it off with a thick coat of seed will give your lawn enough food to stay strong through even the coldest of months. Especially when you add a little H2O!
Hydrate for Health
It may sound like an obvious one, but it’s easy to forget how crucial it is to water your lawn, and even more so following fertilizing and overseeding. Washing down nutrients with water helps grassroots store food longer, and ensures it’s hydrated during the first few dry months of the winter. If you’re filling in bald spots, it’s best to water those areas for five minutes – two to three times a day – until the seeds sprout.
Even though it’s one of the most important steps to healthy lawn maintenance, it’s also one of the most taxing. Fortunately, our lawn pros here at Quality All Care are experts at developing lush, enviable turf year-round. Find out how we can help you create the yard of your dreams—even throughout the winter months!