Preparing a yard for winter is a lot like losing weight. A lot of time is spent doing it, but the results don’t kick in for a while. Therefore, who even knows if you’re doing it right?

Well, we can’t help guide you through your weight loss journey, but we can help prepare your yard for winter so you can relax knowing your lawn will be in the best shape of its life come spring. With our fall services, LawnGuru can fully service your outdoor needs; from leaf cleanup to sprinkler winterization. Here’s how to prepare your yard for winter!

1. The Final Mow

A mistake many lawn-owners make when preparing their yard for winter is assigning a set-in-stone final date for mowing. Don’t get your mind stuck on a specific date. Continue mowing every 10 to 14 days until the ground freezes.

2. Yard Cleanup

Yard litter aka leaves and twigs, can smother your grass, preventing growth. And you thought raking was just busy work? We recommend removing leaves & debris from your yard before the first snowfall.

3. Sprinkler Winterization

Sprinkler systems are expensive. Like, no-braces-for-your-second-kid expensive. When you drop a chunk of change on something like a sprinkler system, maintenance is important to ensure longevity. So, sprinkler winterization, the process of blowing all the water out of a sprinkler system to avoid bursting pipes in freezing temps, will help your system function happily and healthily season after season.

4. Aeration

Aeration is the process of opening up the soil beneath your yard to promote a better environment for the roots of your grass. Aeration is important for lawns where the soil is prone to compaction from excessive traffic—or dense snowfall.

5. Overseeding

The key to achieving a green lawn all year long? Overseed with a heavy hand. The best time to overseed is 6-8 weeks before the first hard freeze. Note: If you see bare spots in your yard after the seeds start to germinate, seed those areas again!

6. Mulch Spreading

Spreading mulch in the fall is beneficial because it protects your plants from freezing temperatures and helps them preserve moisture. But, it’s important to wait to mulch until the first frost to avoid delaying the soil freezing process.

7. Garden Bed Weeding

Weeds are like cockroaches, they survive just about anything, including harsh winters. In addition to them in the spring, you’ll want to weed your flower beds again in the fall so they don’t grow and survive throughout the winter.

There you have it, our tips on how to prepare your yard for winter.

The best news? You don’t have to do any of it, we’ve got you!