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2017-10-11 / Features

Prepare Lawns for Winter to Get Most Out of Them

Check pH Levels

Before you start winter prep work, test the pH levels of your soil. A neutral pH level is key to a healthy lawn; otherwise your lawn can thin out over time. Treat acidic patches with lime products; areas that are too alkaline can be corrected with sulfur treatment.

Remove Weeds

When preparing your yard for the harsh winter weather, you want to safeguard only the plants that matter. Because perennial weeks compete for nutrients with the rest of your lawn, it’s important to remove them before the long winter.

Spread Fertilizer

Fertilizers formulated for winterizing lawns have higher potassium content than their warm- weather counterparts. They’re designed specifically to strengthen plants under stress. Using a spreader, apply the fertilizer evenly over the grass. Be careful not to over fertilize as adding too much can burn the lawn.

Aerate to Refresh

Aerating the lawn allows air, water and nutrients to reach down to the roots.

Spread Grass Seed

If you live in northern climates, this is the season to spread cool-weather grass seed. The best time to foster new growth is when daytime temperatures are between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Continue to Remove Debris

Leaf removal isn’t the most glamorous of fall tasks, but it’s certainly necessary for your lawn’s health. Raking will also help to remove thatch, the layer of dead grass on top of the lawn, which can prevent water and nutrients from reaching the roots.

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