How do I get my lawn ready for winter? Fall Lawn Preparation Checklist

How do I get my lawn ready for winter? Fall Lawn Preparation Checklist

Have you noticed the days are getting shorter and the nights much cooler? All signs that winter is on the way! Besides all the fun activities and pumpkin spice, we still have to think about getting our lawn and landscape ready for winter.

Most of us enjoy using our lawns all summer long, playing with the family, fetch with the dog and hopefully lots of BBQ’s. This is why we want to have a good looking lawn, right? Well all of these things are stressful to the lawn. The heavy traffic causes soil compaction, the more often than not drought conditions cause stress both from the heat and also the lack of moisture. Protect your investment with a few simple things before the lawn starts to go dormant using our Fall Lawn Preparation Checklist. Fall is one of the most important times for a lawn and these preparation steps will help us establish a healthy lawn for the next season.

Fall Lawn Preparation Checklist

  1. KEEP WATERING- this can be the one most important things in the fall. In Colorado Springs, we usually begin to winterize sprinkler systems to protect them from freeze damage in mid October. Fall of 2016 we still had temps in the 70’s through October and into November. This can cause early plant desiccation if we are not watering with a garden hose. See our watering guidelines for specific amounts to water.
  2. Keep mowing at a height of 2 1/2 – 3 inches.
  3. Pick up all the leaves. You can do this weekly as you mow or wait until they have all fallen off the trees. This is very important for next years growth. Diseased leaves left over winter can reinfect the same tree again the next spring.
  4. Aeration – This needs to be done Spring and Fall. This is going to remove any decaying organic matter (dead roots and stems) and provide some relief from soil compaction. See our spring aeration blog for more details on why we aerate every spring and fall.
  5. Fertilize the lawn with a good fall fertilizer. Call Integrated Lawn and Tree Care at (719) 528-5296.
  6. Seed any thin or bare spots. Sometimes covering with a very light layer of topsoil will help with germination.

We want a healthy lawn year after year. Fall is one of, if not the most important time, to get the lawn healthy and ready for winter. Doing these things correctly and at the right time will ensure a healthy lawn year after year.

 

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