6 Key Steps to Prepare Your Lawn for Fall and Winter

The end of summer is typically that time of year that many people try to pack in as many outdoor activities and chores as possible. If you live in a region that gets cold temperatures and snow, then you’re likely looking at months of the ground being covered, which means you won’t be able to tend to your yard.

With that in mind, there are a key lawncare steps that you can take that will help prepare your lawn for fall and winter, which will in turn help ensure a healthier and lusher lawn next spring and summer. Giving your lawn that extra bit of attention now can save you a whole lot of trouble and expense the following year. Here’s a look at a few key steps you can take.

1. Don’t Cut It Too Short

This can be a tricky tip as you never know for sure when the last time you will mow the lawn will be. What this means is that as the temperatures cool down, and the lawn is growing at a slower speed, you want to start leaving it a bit longer. Ideally you want to leave it at about 1.5 inches in length for the winter. By leaving it a little longer you will be protecting the grass. As well it can help the amount of fungus that may grow once the snow starts.

On the flip side you want to make sure you don’t start cutting it too early in the spring. Wait until you have consistently warm temperatures before you start up. Again, it helps to protect the grass.

2. Feed Your Lawn

Because your lawn is looking at many months of cold temperatures and snow, you want to be sure that it has the nutrients it needs to make it through the harsh winter. What this means is using fertilizer specifically blended for the fall/winter. Ideally you want to look for something that has 0% phosphates.

3. Consider Aerating Your Lawn

Fall is also a great time of year to aerate the lawn. Pick a day where the ground is a bit moist without being overly wet, and then aerate. You can do it yourself with an aerator or hire someone to come and do it for you. It’s a good idea to do a few passes over the yard just to be sure everything has been covered.

4. Don’t Worry About Using Too Much Seed

One thing you can’t overdo is how much seed you throw down on the lawn. This is the perfect time to over-seed your lawn. You won’t see a difference now rather it will be in the spring when the lawn starts coming back again.

Of course if you’re going to be seeding the lawn you want to be sure it gets plenty of water over the next couple of weeks so the seed gets worked into the soil.

5. Combine Compost with Over-Seeding

If you are going to be over-seeding you can also spread compost. Experts recommend using aged compost and spreading a layer that is about a half inch in thickness. Rather than just throwing it on the ground, you can make sure it’s even by using a rake to push it around.

6. A Beautiful and Lush Lawn to Look Forward To

By following each of these steps you will be ensuring that you have a beautiful and lush lawn come the spring that will also take you right into the summer months. It’s all about preparing the lawn for the harsh elements ahead, and giving the care and nutrients it needs to stay strong.