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Get Your Lawn Ready for Winter

winter lawn care

It’s that time of year again! The weather is getting colder, and you need to winterize your lawn if you want it to look great next spring.

This might be your first house, and you are new to the responsibilities of being a homeowner. You knew there would be upkeep and maintenance, but you didn’t know what all that entailed. This could be the first time you are hearing about winterizing your lawn, and you aren’t sure if it’s even necessary.

Keep reading to find out why it’s important and how to do it.

Winter Lawn Care: Do I Have To?

Winterizing may seem like something that’s a waste of money and time, but it can help strengthen the roots of your grass.

Your grass doesn’t turn brown as early in the winter, and it becomes greener sooner in the spring. If you want to ensure you have a healthy lawn every year, winterizing is a great start!

Recommended Reading: Tips to Keep Your Yard Alive in the Winter

What Type of Grass Do You Have?

The type of grass you have will determine the time of year you should winterize your lawn and what kind of fertilizer to use.

Cool-Season Lawns

Cool-season grass species are fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, and perennial ryegrass. These types of grass grow their strongest in Fall and do best when you winterize them in October or November. Apply a winterizing fertilizer that is high in potassium for the best results.

Warm-Season Lawns

If you have a warm-season lawn, the species of grass you could have are Bermuda, centipede, St Augustine, or zoysia. These grass types don’t need a winterizerizing fertilizer, and the best time to winterize is Autumn. Use a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer for these grasses instead.

Which Type of Lawn Do I Have?

If you live in an area that doesn’t get frost or that gets some frost, you have a warm-season lawn. If you see a little frost, your lawn will turn brown and go dormant. Otherwise, you have a cool-season lawn.

Tips to Help You Get Ready For Winter

Fertilizing your lawn at the right time and with the right fertilizer isn’t the only thing you should do to winterize your lawn. Aerating your lawn with aerating shoes or a gas-powered/push aerator will keep your soil from becoming too hard and compacted. This allows your grass to receive nutrients and water more easily.

Overseed with annual ryegrass if you have warm-season grass that turns brown and goes dormant in the Fall. This will keep your lawn looking green all winter. The best part? It dies out when the weather warms back up, and the rest of your lawn is turning green.

Don’t forget to winterize your lawnmower! For instructions on how to do that, check out this article from Better Homes and Garden: How to Winterize Your Lawn.

Get Advice

Does winterizing your lawn sound pretty confusing? Do you think you understand why it’s essential, but you aren’t sure if you know exactly what to do? 

Contact us and get the answers to your questions! Our team can help make sure your ready for every obstacle this winter.