Preparing your yard for winter is a lot like losing weight. You spend a lot of time doing it, but can’t see the fruit of your labor for at least a season, so really, who even knows if you’re doing it right? Sounds like a good time, doesn’t it?
Well, LawnGuru can’t help guide you through your weight loss journey, but we can help you prepare your yard for winter so you can rest easy knowing that your lawn will be in the best shape of its life once spring rolls around. With the launch of our new fall services, LawnGuru can fully service your yard’s needs; from lawn cleanup to sprinkler winterization. Keep reading to learn how you (an/or LawnGuru) can prepare your yard for winter.
Prepare Your Yard, Winter Is Coming
The Final Mow
The mistake many lawn-owners make when preparing their yard for winter is to assign a set-in-stone final date for mowing. Rather than get your mind stuck on a specific date, you should continue to mow every 10 to 14 days until the ground freezes.
Yard litter, like leaves and twigs, can smother your grass, preventing growth—and you thought raking was just busy work! So, we recommend continuing to clean up your yard (or, better yet have LawnGuru cleanup your yard) until the first snowfall, or until there are literally no leaves left to rake.
Sprinkler systems can be 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 when it comes to ensuring system longevity. That being said, sprinkler winterization—the process of blowing all the water out of a sprinkler system to avoid burst pipes upon freezing—will help your system function happily and healthily, season after season.
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.
The key to achieving a green lawn all winter 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!
Spreading mulch in the fall is beneficial because it can protect your plants’ roots from freezing temperatures and help them to preserve moisture. It’s important to note that you should wait to spread mulch until the first hard frost, to avoid delaying the soil freezing process.
Weeds are like cockroaches, they can survive just about anything, including harsh winters. So, unless you want your spring cleaning to include weeding your flower bed, it is best to get your weeding done in the fall, so weeds don’t have an opportunity to continue to grow and survive throughout the winter.
So, there you have it, LawnGuru’s tips on how to prepare your yard for winter. The best news? You don’t actually have to do any of it because LawnGuru can do it for you starting this October! Give us a call (855-807-8974) to learn more, or request a quote for an end-of-season mow!