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30 Nov 2016

Winterizing Your Lawn

 

 

 

With winter, right around the corner one’s lawn might be left to fend for itself once the first frost hits without regard to the time and money that was put into it during the spring and summer.  There are few simple tips and tricks that can be done towards the end of fall and beginning of winter to keep your investment sound and maybe even give you or your landscaper and leg up on the end of winter and beginning of spring lawn prep.

frosty-lawn-420x240To rake or not to rake that is the question! There are two schools of thought about fall’s last stand that has fallen and collected on the lawn and both have merit.  Those who believe in a neat tidy lawn do so not just for asthenic (who knows when that first snow fall will hit) but because the belief is that wet spots will form under the leaves and allow for moss or mold to grow.  Followers of the “let the leaves stay where they lie” believe it is a great protector of the lawn and will break down and naturally fertilize the lawn.  Neither is wrong in fact a mixture of the two is best. Raking your natural fertilizer, shredding it and mixing it with a lawn fertilizer then spreading before first frost is the best and will provide your lawn with nutrients that it might not otherwise get once winter hits.

While grass is resilient, it is best to keep the snowman and sledding to the park as excess traffic on the snowy ground can cause damage.  Make to keep all walkways and driveways clear so that family and guests can stay off the lawn and keep the tender grass under the snow free from harm’s way.

Remove all lawn furniture and kids’ toys that while left out in the summer months during use can cause dead spots in your lawn during the winter months.  During the winter your lawn is very tender and left under the weight of heavy objects can kill spots in your lawn.  Keep an eye during the winter for any large branches or debris that might also have the same effect.

Finally make sure your lawn has been mowed one last time.  It might be tempting to skip that last lawn mow when there is a chill in the air but it very important as it keeps pest out.  If your grass is too tall it attracts field mice whether you live in the country or not; they will burrow and destroy your lawn even if its coved by snow.  Another reason to mow your lawn that one last time is that weeds cannot grow once they are cut in the winter.  A winter lawn is like a show and tell of where the weeds are growing.  Mowing over them stops their growth cold and will allow you not have to worry about that come spring.

27 Oct 2016

Watering

If you have invested hundreds upon thousands of dollars into a lush green lawn, why would you let it return to a dry pasture from improper lawn maintenance including lack or watering?  The best way to protect your investment is by making sure your lawn is watered thoroughly whether through underground sprinkler or by traditional watering through a hose and sprinkler attachment.

SprinklerBoth methods have advantages and disadvantages so you will need to pick the one that works best for you and your lifestyle.  An underground sprinkler system is the more costly option but allows you the freedom to set it up and water your lawn at a set time every day.  An underground sprinkler also allows for you to have different zones throughout your lawn for different watering schedules.  One drawback is that once the system is in place it is difficult to change and you will have to hire a professional if you change your landscape.

With a traditional hose and sprinkler attachment you have a more budget friendly option that will still get the job done.  Also, it allows you to easily move it around your lawn if you change your landscape or you notice that some areas need are requiring more or less water, plus in the summer months it is great entertainment or the kids!  However, not all aspects of this method are home owner favorites, it does require time because you will have to move the sprinkler around.

Watering your lawn also requires timing, when should you water?  While we typically recommend the morning to our clients, it is always best to consult Feed Ur Lawn if you have
any questions.  Not only does time of day factor in to watering your lawn but also what season you are in and what type of grass your lawn has. These are all factors that determine how much and how long you need to water your landscaping investment.

Don’t forget that each part of your landscape has its own watering needs.  Separate from your lawn, shrubbery and plants needs to be watered differently.  Shrubs and trees require a lot less water than the lawn itself often just a few times a week.  However, in the winter months if there has been little to know precipitation, they will need a watering to keep their roots moist even in the cold months.

Flowers and other gardens are also very different than the main lawn.  Flowers such as tender impatiens need to be watered gently multiple times a day in order to keep them alive and full. There are also difference between perennials and annuals so, it is important to know how much they need as well.

If you have any questions it is best to ask your Feed Ur Lawn representative and find a system that work for you whether it be underground sprinkler or traditional hose and sprinkler attachment.  No matter which way you go, you will be protecting the foundation of your landscape and keeping your investment intact and looking its best.