Winter Preparation: How to Winterize Your Lawn?
Preparing your lawn or garden for winter might be a very taxing and lengthy process, but with our help, it can be as fun as you never thought it would. Aside from fueling your enthusiasm, we also have a guide to making your job simpler and easier. For some people, the urgency for garden winter preparation is nonexistent.
They can just let their plants wither and let the snow cover their colorful yard. However, in your case, as a gardener, this is not possible for you.
Thus, before letting the snow cover your ard, take the necessary steps to make your garden winter-proof and witness better crop growth in the upcoming spring.
How to Winterize Your Lawn?
Before your green grass becomes dormant and gets covered in ice, you have to follow some crucial steps that can prepare them for the winter and for the upcoming growing period.
- Aerate – All gardens require aeration every two years, and a few days before winter is the best time to act on it. This task involves breaking up the ground to allow more airflow into the plants’ roots.
- Fertilize – The best time to sprinkle some fertilizers into your green grass is during fall. This will keep your grass healthy throughout the winter season. Likewise, your plants’ roots will also store the nutrients from the fertilizer while they’re dormant. When spring comes, they tap into those nutrients and distribute them again throughout the plant’s body.
- Mow long – You should continue to mow your lawn as the grass grows. Also, during the last few days of fall, do your final mowing to prepare your lawn from the dormancy that’s about to set in. If you leave your grass long throughout the winter season, your garden might become susceptible to fungal infection.
- Pick up plant debris and leaves – If you leave those plants’ debris on the ground before winter sets in, you will have a hard time cleaning them up during the actual period. Thus, pick them up or rake them during fall.
- Reseed – You should reseed the bare patches of your garden during the fall season.
- Water regularly (or as needed) – In warmer regions where plants stay greener during winter, gardeners should consider watering regularly when the climate is particularly dry or hot. The garden will not require as much attention as it does during summer, but watering them (as needed) keeps them healthy.
- Sow the grass – In warm places, gardeners can allow the garden to go dormant. They can leave their set-up as is (but with adequate watering), or they can also sow winter grass. As always, greener gardens in winter are attractive and exciting to look at; however, they still demand constant maintenance.