The pride you feel in seeing a healthy lawn all spring and summer is nothing new. Your lawn is one of the focal points of the landscaping which you work so hard to maintain. However, the LL Gardens team knows that a beautiful spring lawn is built in the colder months of the year. With winter quickly approaching, we want to help ensure your lawn is in the best shape possible to be ready for next year, which is why we have some tips and suggestions for why and how winterizing can make your lawn ready for next spring.
What is Winterizing?
Winterizing is almost exactly what it sounds like: prepping your lawn in order to endure the winter months. This process helps the natural systems in the grass equip themselves to hold on to nutrients obtained during the end of summer and fall, as well as being prepared to wake up and resume growth when the cold weather ends.
Though it may seem like winterizing should happen to your lawn regardless of anything, that is far from the case. Winterizing is specifically for cool-season grasses to ensure their growth is maximized during the fall and winter. Cool-season grass is typically using the cold months for most of its nutrient storage and preparation for growth once warmer weather arrives and it can start growing again. Cool-season grasses include types like bluegrass, fine fescues, and bent grasses, among others. These kinds of grasses use the nitrogen and potassium found in winter fertilizers to continue collecting nutrients during the winter.
We do caution, however, that you ensure your grass is not a warm-weather type. Too much nitrogen in the pre-winter months will promote growth and withholding of nutrients. Warm-weather grasses are supposed to shut down and hibernate in the winter. With their high-power growing months occurring during the summer and spring, winterizing is not beneficial.
Steps to Winterizing Your Lawn
As you near the end of mowing season and are prepared to ready your lawn for the cold, there is more to it than simply spreading the winterizer over the grass. Some important steps you should take include:
- Fertilize: The most obvious of the steps is fertilizing your lawn. Using the appropriate fertilizer (one that includes the right amount of nitrogen and potassium) will set your lawn up for success in the next growing season. It is highly suggested that you use a spreader to ensure the fertilizer is spread properly and no spots are overlooked.
- Aerate: LL Gardens loves aerating lawns. We use a plug aeration approach which involves removing holes of your lawn to give it optimal space to grow while allowing the fertilizer to set. We are happy to do this for you, so feel free to call us and talk about the process and our options.
- Maintenance and Last Mowing: To make winterizing its most effective, we would highly recommend some maintenance such as raking leaves and watering your lawn, as well as one final seasonal mow to ensure optimal growth in the spring. LL Gardens’ Fall Cleanup service provides your lawn with all of these services so you can finally take a break from all of the lawn maintenance you’ve done the past several months.
Winterizing is a bit of work, but we promise it is worth it to ensure your lawn will be in the best shape possible next year. Let LL Gardens handle the winterizing process so you can stop worrying about your lawn for a few months. Give us a call today to talk about our prices and see how LL Gardens is the best landscaper in Circle Pines to handle your end-of-season lawn care!