Why and How to Winterize Your Lawn
If You Want a Great Looking Lawn in The Spring You Need to Winterize it During The Fall!
Keep your turf in top-top shape by preparing it properly for winter. This process, known as winterizing your lawn, involves simple steps that don’t require a large investment. When you winterize a lawn, you’re preparing it be healthy and lush when spring arrives in a few months!
Eastside Landcare can help you winterize your lawn by taking these 4 simple steps:
- The first step is removing the moss and debris that area present in your lawn right now. This is accomplished by de-thatching. Thatch accumulates in your lawn as dead roots and decomposing grass and other debris accumulate. As thatch accumulates, it prevents water, nutrients, sunlight, and air from reaching the roots of the grass. As this occurs, the grass literally suffocates and it starves, which causes an unhealthy condition that will kill your lawn. Removing thatch also increases the amount of water and nutrients that are available for your lawn to consume, which will enhance your lawn’s resistance to disease, and promote a lush, green lawn.
- The second step in winterizing your lawn is aerating it. There are numerous benefits to aerating your lawn. Aeration is the process of removing plugs of soil from your lawn, which creates space for air, water, and nutrients to penetrate into the soil. This process will promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms, increase water absorption, reduce surface runoff, and promote healthy, thick, green grass. Aeration will also deepen your lawn’s root system so that your lawn will have a greater resistance to disease, insect, drought, and heat stress. After you aerate your lawn you should fertilize and overseed as these ingredients will drop into the aeration holes, which will cause them to infiltrate deep into the soil for the maximum impact.
- The third step is to overseed your lawn. Cool season grasses like we have in the Pacific Northwest grow most strongly during the fall. The benefits to overseeding are numerous: Overseeding promotes grass health by increasing its resistance to disease, it revitalizes grass growth, creates a denser lawn by filling in bare spots, and it helps to prevent weed growth by not giving weeds the space that they require in order to infiltrate your lawn.
When overseeding, it is also a great idea to apply a protective peat moss. Peat moss is a natural, organic soil conditioner that regulates moisture and air around plant roots and will also protect grass seed from wind, heavy rain, and birds. We mix in some Enviromix topsoil with peat moss to add an even greater level of protection and nutrients to your lawn. A thin layer of this product goes a long way to enhance the results of your lawn renovation project.
- The fourth and final step is to fertilize your lawn. In fact, many lawn care experts recommend that if you choose to fertilize your cool-season lawn only once each year that you should do so in the fall. The reason that fall fertilizing is so effective is because plants respond to external triggers in fall to start the process of preparing for winter. These triggers are things like day length and temperature changes. As days shorten and air becomes cool, plants – including turf grass – respond by slowing growth and shifting food reserves from the leaves to the roots. Although air temperature continues to fall, plant roots remain active in soil. This is true of many different kinds of plants, including grass.
Shifting excess nutrients to the roots is the secret to plants’ return each spring. Those stored food reserves fuel the spring wake-up. The same is true of your lawn. By fertilizing grass in fall, you’re feeding the active roots and giving them even more nutrients to store for winter.
When spring arrives with longer days and warmer air, grass blades sense the seasonal change and respond by kicking into growth gear, drawing upon these food reserves. Grass that is fed in fall greens up quickly in spring, growing thick and lush.
Taking these steps now will insure that your lawn does not becoming unhealthy during the winter months, which will also insure that your lawn begins the spring healthy and looking great.
You can call us at 425-283-2495 or Contact us today to schedule your lawn winterization project. We do this work through October 26th.