7 Expert Tips to Protect Your Lawn This Winter

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Late summer is the time that you should be thinking ahead for lawn care. Taking the necessary action now to prepare your lawn for the winter season. The Farmer’s Almanac says we’re going to be hit with another cold winter. Is your lawn prepared for the harsh Michigan cold season? If you’re like most people in Southeast Michigan, you’re probably not sure. Follow some basic tips from Lush Lawn to keep your lawn healthy and strong:

Aerate – By removing soil plugs from your turf by aeration, you can improve several aspects of your turf. A compacted soil restricts air flow, moisture penetration, and the root systems ability to grow and expand.

Add Lots of Seed – Along with aeration, adding more seed is the best way to thicken your lawn or keep it robust. The type of seed matters, as well. Avoid seeding with more than 5% inert ingredients (weed seeds).

Potassium – Along with nitrogen and phosphorus, potassium is one of the three essential nutrients for a green, healthy lawn. Potassium is imperative in the fall because it helps your lawn better resist harsh weather. Look for a fertilizer that has these key ingredients.

DON’T Dethatch – Lawns actually require a layer of thatch to help keep in moisture and continually provides nutrients as the thatch layer decomposes. Unless your thatch layer is more than a quarter inch thick, resist the temptation to power rake.

Remove Those Leaves – Sure, they’re fun to jump in, but they block sunlight and trap water…creating a soggy dead mess. Rake as much as possible – your grass will thank you!

Keep Cutting That Grass – 2 ½ – 3 inches in height is ideal for this time of year. Too long and it can mat and invite fungus. Too short and it could harm root growth.

Water! – Many people stop watering as the weather gets cooler. While there’s definitely more precipitation in the fall, it may not be enough to keep the grass hydrated. In the fall, your lawn will need about an inch of water per week (a rain gauge can help with this).

About Lush Lawn

Founded in Grand Blanc and headquartered in Rochester Hills, Lush Lawn – Safari Tree has been providing Southeast Michigan with superior lawn and tree care since 2004. The company currently operates four branches in Southeast Michigan (Rochester Hills, Grand Blanc, Brighton, and Plymouth) and employs over 90 sales and service personnel, as well as state certified technicians and arborists.

Do you need help restoring your lawn back to health? Lush Lawn is here to help, from removing weeds, to pest control, and much more. Contact our expert lawn care team in your area and don’t forget to request your free estimate!

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