Fall Lawn Care: Tips to Protect Your Lawn During the Winter

When it comes to lawns, being green with envy isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  After all, a lush, healthy lawn not only looks great, but it can have a huge impact on the curb appeal of your home.  So when the temperatures start to drop, it’s understandable to want to protect it until spring.  In this video, Lou provides some helpful info on how to prep your lawn so it can survive now and thrive later.

While a winterizing fertilizer is a major element to preserving your lawn when it’s cold, there’s another significant factor to keep in mind, and that’s air.  Without the ability for fertilizer to penetrate the soil and interact with the root structure of your grass plants (yes, that’s what they’re called), your lawn won’t be able to achieve its full potential.  So be sure to follow these steps when you decide it’s time to winterize:

  • Using a rake or a dethatching device (you can rent these at your local hardware store), rake up all the dead grass or “thatch”
  • Now that you’ve raked up and removed all that dead matter, it’s time to aerate the soil, which you can do with either a manual aerator OR you can rent an engine-powered core aerator to make the job go by much faster especially if you have a lot of ground to cover
  • Apply your winterizing fertilizer liberally, covering the entire surface area of your lawn to “feed” it properly
    • NOTE: the fertilizer is known as a “slow-release” meaning that while it will have some effect on the grass when applied, it will have an even greater impact in the spring when the soil starts to warm up

So now you know how proper fall fertilization can pay back big dividends in the spring because you’ve protected your lawn.

When it comes to lawns, being green with envy isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  After all, a lush, healthy lawn not only looks great, but it can have a huge impact on the curb appeal of your home.  So when the temperatures start to drop, it’s understandable to want to protect it until spring.  In this video, Lou provides some helpful info on how to prep your lawn so it can survive now and thrive later.

While a winterizing fertilizer is a major element to preserving your lawn when it’s cold, there’s another significant factor to keep in mind, and that’s air.  Without the ability for fertilizer to penetrate the soil and interact with the root structure of your grass plants (yes, that’s what they’re called), your lawn won’t be able to achieve its full potential.  So be sure to follow these steps when you decide it’s time to winterize:

  • Using a rake or a dethatching device (you can rent these at your local hardware store), rake up all the dead grass or “thatch”
  • Now that you’ve raked up and removed all that dead matter, it’s time to aerate the soil, which you can do with either a manual aerator OR you can rent an engine-powered core aerator to make the job go by much faster especially if you have a lot of ground to cover
  • Apply your winterizing fertilizer liberally, covering the entire surface area of your lawn to “feed” it properly
    • NOTE: the fertilizer is known as a “slow-release” meaning that while it will have some effect on the grass when applied, it will have an even greater impact in the spring when the soil starts to warm up

So now you know how proper fall fertilization can pay back big dividends in the spring because you’ve protected your lawn.