Prepping your lawn for winter

Fall foliage

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Alright friends, fall is here, the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are cooling down. You are literally going to blink your eyes and the leaves are going to be falling. Here are eight tips for you to help make it a little bit easier.

  1. The first of which is to get a rake that’s padded or buy some gloves to make sure your hands don’t get roughed up when you have to get rid of all those leaves.
  2. Leaves that sit on your lawn for too long can damage the grass below them, so make sure to remove them ASAP when they start falling from the trees.
  3. If there is one thing I hate more anything, it’s raking leaves, but thanks to my lawnmower I don’t have to and neither do you. As long as your lawn mower has a mulch setting, you don’t even have to bother with a rake. You can just mulch those leaves up…just make sure that they are dry first.
  4. Make sure that yours is on one of the higher settings, the longer that grass blade is, the healthier it’s going to be when the spring-time rolls around.
  5. One of the biggest reasons your grass dies is due to a lack of nutrition. Using an aerator can help prep your lawn for seeding but make sure you get a plug aerator. This will remove soil leaving perfect holes for seeds to fall into. And when buying seed, don’t forget…you get what you pay for.
  6. Jack Drake, a professional lawn care expert notes, ” Some grass seeds are very cheap, in the 10 to 15 dollar range but those grass seeds tend to have a very short lifespan and the grass will die by the next season. So when it comes to grass seed, not all grass is created equal.”
  7. Finally, grab a fertilizer that says “winterizer” right on the bag. This formula will help prep your grass for winter.
  8. Remember, watering is especially important before putting seed or fertilizer down and can be safely done until the ground freezes up.

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