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By Domonique Powell

The later months of fall can be the ideal time to get your lawn ready for old man winter. It can also better prepare your lawn to bounce back when spring makes its appearance. With the proper mowing height, removing leaves and debris, aeration and last minute fertilization, you’ll find winter lawn preparation to be beneficial for the condition of your lawn.

1) Fertilizer Treatment

A late season fertilizer treatment plan can prepare your lawn for spring. Since your lawn is growing at a slower pace and doesn’t need to be quite as long, the nutrients of the fertilizer will go directly to the roots of the blades of grass. This makes for a better start to the condition of your lawn come spring. Plenty of important nutrients can be lost throughout the winter months, and you need your lawn to absorb the fertilizer before the first frost of the season. Come spring, your lawn will become thicker and more lush and green. 

2) Mowing Stages
As summer winds down, you’ll want to gradually lower the setting of the blades of your lawn mower. Keeping your grass at a moderately short length can protect any new growth and deter infestations of moles, mice and other burrowing species of insects and animals. Be sure to remove cut grass that overlays the lawn to prevent smothering the roots and blocking the essential sun-rays from getting inside. The blades of grass are more sensitive than one may think. Hacking at the grass in one mowing transforming from long to short can shock and damage your lawn. This gradual shorter setting can also prevent your lawn from experiencing diseases and mold from the snow. 

3) Aerate Soil
Aerating the lawn is another helpful tip that can aid your lawn in remaining healthy and disease-free as spring approaches. Aerating is a simple process that allows you to improve the way your lawn drains and help the air to flow freely toward the root system. This is also helpful before the first major frost and can cut down on unhealthy conditions that can damage the state of your lawn. There are few tools needed to perform this task. However, you may want to consult a professional landscaper such as the ones at www.arbor-nomics.com to help you decide the right equipment needed for your yard.

4) Remove Debris
Leaves, branches and other debris can damage and smother your lawn throughout the winter months. These items can also be instrumental in stunting the grass growth in those areas of your lawn and create the perfect environmental conditions for mushrooms and bare spots in spring. To prevent unnecessary damage and maintain the wellness of your lawn, you’ll want to do a thorough sweep throughout the winter months. You can make several passes with the mower to mulch the leaves left dormant on your lawn. You should also remove toys, outdoor furniture and wood piles from your lawn. Rake leaves and dispose of them properly.

5) Redirect Traffic
Walking on your lawn in the winter months repeatedly can cause breakage to occur when the grass is frosted with ice. The crushed grass dies and sits as a limp area that is shown as a brown spot during the thaw. It can also make it difficult for its recovery in spring. You can redirect your traffic pattern toward a sidewalk or driveway pathway, so you won’t be tempted to cut through the grass. 

Dependent on where you live, Mother Nature can be unpredictable and bring with it variable temperatures and weather related conditions such as snow and ice. To ensure that your grass comes back healthy, you’ll want to follow the above winter lawn maintenance tips to a greener and lush lawn in spring. 

About the Author:

Domonique Powell is an avid gardener and enjoys a beautiful lawn. She believes that a beautiful lawn can be obtained year round. She searched www.arbor-nomics.com online, and found information which led to the inspiration for this article.



Steve Jones

Steve Jones, The Plantman, is a professional gardener and landscaper. His advice is based on the concept that our goal should be to leave the land better than the way we found it. Or at the very least, to do it no harm.

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