From the chill in the air, it’s plain to see that winter is on its way. While you’d probably be wise to warm up the snowblower, there are a few things you should do to your lawn now to ensure that it’s in fine shape next spring.
Leaf Me Alone
OK, first things first: get the leaves off the lawn. If you don’t, there will be yellow prints of each one left on the grass from sun deprivation. Rake them early, and you’ll be thankful for it later. Of course, if your trees are as slow to lose their leaves as mine are, it’ll probably take a few excursions into the yard with rake in hand to complete the mission successfully.
Mow, Mow, Mow Your Yard
This is one I’ve always got to be reminded of. It’s important to keep mowing your grass until it stops growing. Aesthetically, it will look nicer, and it will make raking those leaves and leaf remnants (see paragraph above) much easier. Sounds like a waste of time, but you’ll be happy you did it when you’re out there wielding your rake!
Realize It’s Time to Fertilize
Fertilizing the lawn may be the last thing some folks think of when it comes to fall lawn care. However, it’s crucial if you want a nice lush lawn in the spring. Depending on the weather, the best time to apply fall fertilizer is November. The general rule is to apply it after the grass stops growing, but before the first freeze of the year. Experts recommend a complete fertilizer with generous amounts of nitrogen and potassium. Ask the folks at your local home improvement or hardware store for their recommendation.
But Wait, There’s More
While you’re outside with your yard clothes on, there’s a bit more you can do to help achieve a nice yard come spring:
- Clean out the garden beds. Rake them and remove dead and dying annuals and perennials from the ground up. You don’t want to destroy the roots of the perennials, and the roots of the annuals can stay in the ground to decompose and enrich the soil.
- After the beds are cleared, put mulch around plants, trees and shrubs to protect from the snow and cold.
- Trim dead leaves and branches from trees and shrubs to keep them healthy.
Follow these tips so your lawn looks marvelous when the snow melts, and the birds are back and chirping come spring!
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