Having a beautiful lawn takes work, not only from a professional lawn care service, but also the property owner. Some property owners are relieved when winter comes as lawns become dormant and don’t need much care. Before you pack it up for the season, be sure to review this list of items to keep your lawn looking great and to make it look even better next year.
1. Be sure all of your leaves are collected.
Trees will shed their foliage at various times throughout a 4-5 week period in autumn. A mower equipped with a mulching attachment should be used whenever possible to spread the leaves into a natural compost that provides your lawn with much-needed nitrogen and organic matter.
2. Apply a late fall fertilizer.
Just because your grass appears to stop growing doesn’t mean it doesn’t need fertizlied. In fact, fertilizing lawns in the fall is one of the best times you can deliver nutrition to your grass plants.
3. When performing your final cut, mow slightly lower than normal.
This doesn’t exactly apply for us here in Florida - mowing season is essentially all year round. But, there will be a final time you mow before frost covers the ground and growth becomes stagnated. Us Central Floridians don’t have to worry too much about snow mold, but a moist environment over an extended period of time is a breeding ground for a host of other lawn diseases.
4. Core aerate your lawn.
Whether you previously aerated in the springtime or not, mid-to-late fall is the perfect time to bring out that core aerator again and get to corin’.
5. Take a soil test.
Do you know the pH of your soil or its potassium or phosphorus levels? Have your lawn service test your soil and have it analyzed. These treatments could even be applied in late fall or late winter to help your lawn correct soil issues. This will help your lawn to uptake nutrients better which it needs for optimum color, vigor, and health.
6. Eliminate weeds.
As broadleaf perennial weeds like clover and dandelion prepare for winter, they pull nutrients (and herbicide applications) from the soil into their root system. Treat problem spots with an herbicide or try an organic alternative, such as a vinegar-based or other acidic product.
7. Set up a time to get your mower serviced (with us of course!).
Late fall/early winter is the ideal time to have your mower serviced. Fresh spark plugs, oil change, and sharp blades will ensure that your mower is performing at its peak condition come springtime.
8. Devise a lawn care plan and schedule for the upcoming year.
Pre-planning your lawn care maintenance schedule with your landscaping service provider can give you a nice headstart into next year. If you are dissatisfied with your current team, winter is a great time to talk to other lawn care companies and compare programs and organizations.
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