When should I fertilize my lawn?
We recommend fertilizing your lawn at least twice a year. Your lawn should be fertilized during the fall before the first freeze to prepare it for the winter. This will help your lawn grow back greener when the snow melts and the air starts to warm again. We also recommend fertilizing your lawn in the spring. This is essential if you want your lawn to grow back green and lush after being subjected to snow and freezing temperature all winter long.
How do I prepare my lawn for the winter?
There are several steps you will want to take to ensure that your lawn is ready to survive the winter season. First, you’ll want to continue to water and mow your lawn throughout the fall. This is usually the time of year when homeowners can become lax on this sort of upkeep, but it will greatly increase the chance of your lawn growing back quickly come spring. Also, you’ll want to ensure that you remove any fallen leaves from your lawn as leaves create a warm environment conducive to mold and mildew growth. Additionally, you’ll want to aerate and fertilize your lawn before the first freeze, as well as have a sprinkler system blow-out performed. The aeration allows the fertilizer to get deep down in the roots of the grass making it strong enough to withstand the winter season, while the sprinkler system blow-out ensures there is no water left in the system to freeze and damage it.
How do I aerate my lawn?
In order to properly aerate your lawn, you’ll need an aerator. These come in two basic types, a plug aerator, and a spike aerator. They are both pretty self-explanatory to use. However, seeing as you’ll only use this equipment once a year, it may be in your best interest to hire a professional lawn care company to handle the aeration and fertilization during the fall. You’ll also benefit from knowing that it is being done properly so that your grass is ready for a cold, snowy Spokane winter.
Should I remove the leaves from my lawn?
At Impeccable Landscapes, we hear this question quite often. The answer is yes. If fallen leaves are left on your lawn, they can cause a number of problems including the growth of mold and mildew. The leaves can also make a nice, comfortable home for pests. Additionally, if the leaves are left on your lawn during the winter, the snow will pack them down making them more difficult to remove and smother your grass, making it more difficult to revive in the spring.