Preparing your lawn for winter months

Jims Mowing Canada FREE Lawn Care QuoteIt’s cooling down, meaning winter is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to prepare your lawn for the cold months ahead, but just what does that entail? We’ve got a few pointers below that can help you ensure your lawn is at its strongest and healthiest for winter and the months to follow.

Fertilize

Autumn is a great season for fertilizing your lawn as it can give it a boost of strength for the colder months. Applying a quality, slow-release fertiliser in autumn can help to fortify your lawn over several months. Just be sure to ensure it is spread evenly across the lawn, and watered in well so that the nutrients can be easily absorbed.

Fix bare patches

If your lawn is looking a little patchy, Autumn is a good time to get to fixing. Many variables can cause a bare and patchy lawn, from frequent use and wear and tear to pet urine or excess shade. Before fixing the bare spots, it’s important to figure out why they occurred. For example, if there is a spot where grass has died due to trees or structures preventing it from getting enough sunlight, it may be worth re-sowing that area with more shade-tolerant grass. If the patches are caused by pet urine, it might be worth training your furry friend to use a specific area to do their business, or keeping and eye out and watering down the areas where it is done, to dilute the nitrogen content that causes grass to die. Once the issue has been identified, grass can be replaced either by transplanting runners from other areas of the garden, or by sowing grass seed in the affected area.

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Collect leaves and debris

Autumn signals the shedding of leaves for many trees, which can mean more leaf litter and debris ending up on your lawn. The accumulation of leaves on a lawn can prevent it from getting much-needed sunlight. They can also become damp, leading to fungal diseases for your lawn, which is something nobody wants to have to deal with. When you notice leaves have started to build up, rake them into a pile and add them to the compost bin or use them as mulch for the veggie patch!

Mow the lawn higher

Like most plants, grass needs the sun for photosynthesis, and the longer the grass blade, the more sun is cast on the plant. Raising the mower blades in winter gives your lawn a more generous cut, allowing the grass more area to collect sun, which can lead to a healthier lawn. Colder months can also cause a lot of grasses to become dormant, so it’s likely you won’t need to mow as frequently as is needed in warmer weather.

Winter doesn’t have to mean a bad time for your lawn. With a little bit of effort you can help your lawn stay happy, healthy and strong during the winter.Winter is coming! Jim’s is on hand to lend a hand. Call 310 JIMS or book online now!

 

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