Ready your lawn for win­ter

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Sub­mit­ted The Drumheller Mail

weed­ing, edg­ing, and trim­ming your lawn so that it will look its best. In or­der to en­sure your lawn makes a com­plete re­cov­ery af­ter win­ter hi­ber­na­tion, you may want to spend the fall tak­ing steps to help your lawn sur­vive the win­ter months ahead.

Win­ter­iz­ing a lawn varies de­pend­ing on where you live and how harsh a typ­i­cal win­ter is. There are cer­tain key tasks to com­plete be­fore you can rest for the win­ter sea­son. tasks home­own­ers dread the most. Rak­ing leaves can be ar­du­ous, but it is well worth the ef­fort. Fallen leaves can smother the grass and lead to dead spots and de­cay next sea­son. Wait un­til the ma­jor­ity of the leaves have fallen from the trees be­fore you be­gin to rake; oth­er­wise, you could find your­self re­peat­ing the process through­out the fall. Mulched leaves can be added in small amounts to gar­den beds to pro­vide rich or­ganic ma­te­rial for next year’s crop of flow­ers.

Be sure to pick up any twigs and other de­bris as well. Ad­di­tional de­bris can be­come up trapped un­der snow and hin­der grass growth when spring ar­rives.

the sea­son is un­sea­son­ably wet and warm, your lawn shouldn’t grow too much in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber. your lawn un­til there is no vis­i­ble growth for about two weeks. It pays to give it a short cut be­fore frost ar­rives so that long piles of dead grass will not smother any new growth in the spring. Also, long grass tends to bend down upon it­self, trap­ping mois­ture that can lead to fun­gal dis­eases like snow mold. * Aer­ate the lawn. Soil can be com­pacted over time, es­pe­cially in yards that see heavy foot traf­fic. You can rent an aer­a­tor from a lawn sup­ply store so that wa­ter and fer­til­izer can reach the soil. * Fer­til­ize. Now is the time to give the lawn fresh food to over­win­ter and also re­plen­ish the strength of the root sys­tem. All sum­mer long the lawn has been de­plet­ing the soil of nutri­tion, but au­tumn presents a great op­por­tu­nity to strengthen those that will feed the lawn all win­ter long.

Rak­ing leaves is a key step in pre­par­ing your lawn for the win­ter months.

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