Prepare Your Lawns for Winter - Let the Frost Games Begin

It’s hard to believe it has already been six months since we wrote about the importance of grub control when it comes to lawn health. If you took our advice back then, and are enjoying a lush, full green lawn as a result – it’s time to set your sites on the upcoming winter.

Winterize your lawn so it can begin to prepare for the dark, cold weather ahead.

Fall is The Season For Fertilization

One of the most rewarding sights after a long winter are those first few, vibrant green grass blades that poke through the ground and begin reaching upwards in the early spring. That kind of strength and resilience simply isn’t possible if you don’t give your lawn the food (aka “nutrients”) and attention it needs ahead of time.

Even though things look pretty dormant during the winter time, your lawn (and tree!) roots are doing a lot of work down there – expanding their root base and beefing up for the eminent growing season. If the soil is depleted of the vital nutrients the roots need, your lawn simply can’t get a healthy start in the spring – and it’s nearly impossible for it to play catch-up.

For this reason, those of us in the lawn care industry typically apply slow-release fertilizers this time of year. We call it “Lawn Winterization,” and honoring this tradition (or not) will make or break your lawn the following growing season.

Lawns Need Food Too – So Fertilize Your Lawn the Right Way

During this time of year, the Joshua Tree Technicians apply what are referred to as “late lawn fertilizers”. These fertilizers are specially designed and concentrated to:

  • Focus on proper root growth for your lawn’s roots systems.
  • Maintain winter hardiness.
  • Suppress any stress your lawn encounters during the winter season, whether it be extended sub-freezing temperatures, ice that prevents water from penetrating the ground, or an exceedingly dry winter.

Lawns need a constant food source and if they don’t get it, they begin to struggle. But the right fertilizer’s slow-release feature is an important one. Think of yourself at your favorite all-you-can eat buffet. Odds are, you eat until you’re almost sick. Fertilizer can be the same way for your lawn. Too much fertilizer at one time will over-feed your lawn. But, instead of feeling a little sick and getting better (the way you recover from a buffet binge), lawns wind up getting sick and staying sick. In fact, the lawn gets burned – and lawn burn is fatal.

All too often we see the sad results when lawns are killed as the result of over-fertilization or by incorrect product or product administration. It’s such a shame since the homeowner is sincerely trying to do the right thing. The slow-release fertilizers we use ensure your lawn is fed at exactly the right pace – without the threat of burning – so the roots can eat only so much and no more!

Speaking of things lawns its roots need – they need to breathe as well. If you have yet to core aerate your lawn, we can do that for you too. Not only will it help to provide more breathing room for the lawn and its roots, it will help the roots gain better access to the nutrients released by the fertilizer.

Core aeration is ideal for lawns that are:

  • Heavily traveled or compacted by regular use.
  • Installed as part of a new construction development, which typically has depleted top soil to begin with.
  • Are installed using sod, which allows for detrimental soil layering to occur.

Core aeration and lawn fertilization often go hand in-hand. If you wait a bit too long, and it’s too cold to ensure the lawn will recover from the aeration process, we’ll skip the core aeration and move straight to fertilization.

Schedule Your Lawn’s Fall Fertilization Today!

If you want your lawn to look great – lush, vibrant and alive – don’t underestimate the power of the fertilization procedure. Winterizing your lawn will help it bounce back if old man winter is hard on us this year.

Contact us here at Joshua Tree so we can get you on the calendar before it books up. Have a different question regarding lawn health and maintenance? Give us a call and we’ll do our best to give you an answer. 610–365-2200.

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