Autumn is upon us in Winston Salem. The falling leaves are beautiful, and the cool temperatures are refreshing, but these changes also accompany a growing checklist for keeping your lawn healthy. Where should you start? Well, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of everything that you need to know about caring for your lawn and fortifying it for the winter ahead:
1. Fertilize your lawn. This will reduce the length of time that your grass will remain brown during the winter months. This is one of the easiest items on the list, and it will keep your grass healthy and vibrant when next spring comes along.
2. Keep mowing until the grass stops growing! Everyone wonders when to hang up their gardening gloves and store the lawnmower away for the winter, but be careful not to lock the shed too early in the season. As the growth of the grass slows down, you can also raise your mower blades for a longer cut that will keep your grass looking green all winter.
3. Mulch leaves under deciduous trees. Autumn is synonymous with raking leaves, but it is important to be strategic. If leaves are left on the grass for too long, it will kill any germinating grass. So, by mulching your leaves under your deciduous trees, you can clear the leaves off the grass and give the tree roots much-needed nutrients for winter—it’s a win-win!
4. Lay seed now. This one may sound counterintuitive, but autumn is one of the most important times to seed your lawn! The seed will provide the grass with essential nutrients for the spring.
5. Aerate your lawn. Lawns can become compacted over time, which prevents water from reaching the roots of trees and plants. Aerating your lawn will reduce the dead stems that build up in the soil and help your grass develop strong roots.
6. Prune your trees and shrubs. By lightly pruning trees and shrubs before the cold weather sets in, you can remove dead limbs and protect the integrity of your plants. This becomes especially useful in fortifying the greenery against snow and ice in the winter months.
7. Plant spring-flowering bulbs. Crocus, tulips, hyacinth, and daffodils are the most popular options, and they will create a beautiful oasis for your spring garden.
Decent Guys is available to help with all of your autumn lawn care needs. With over fifteen years of experience in landscaping and lawn cleanup, Decent Guys is proud to set a standard of excellence in the Triad region. To get a free quote for our autumn lawn care services, please contact us or book online today!