The Fall season is upon us in Connecticut and most days will involve cool temperatures and the visually appealing colors of the changing leaves. It is also the time of year to begin performing preparations to your lawn and landscape elements for the winter season. The fall season is the most opportune time to take measures to revitalize your lawn or garden and give it the necessary nutrients it requires to remain healthy through the winter season. There are a variety of lawn care and landscaping duties that should be exercised in order to winterize your Connecticut landscape so that it will be vibrant again in the Spring season. The landscape and lawn care professionals at Affordable Landscape and Tree have put together a some suggestions that will allow you to successfully winterize your landscape.
Continue to mow your lawn and keep your grass level at around three inches until you notice no new growth occurring for 2 weeks or until frost begins to set in. If your grass levels are overgrown when Winter season approaches, your lawn will begin to absorb high levels of moisture which can lead to fungus and mold, especially if you receiving large amounts of snow that season.
Avoid excessive pruning. Although pruning can be beneficial to the health of your shrubs and plants, it is important not to do perform your pruning exceedingly. Over pruning in the autumn season can harvest new plant grown in the Winter, which will only get eradicated by the cold Connecticut weather.
Aerate your lawn. Aerating is the consists of removal of soil cores throughout the lawn. This service releases compacted soil and gives your soil a greater opportunity to absorb the necessary nutrients. The Fall season is an great time to aerate your turf, specifically the areas of lawn that receive high levels of foot traffic. If you do not familiar with aeration practices or do not process the proper machinery Affordable Landscape and Tree to perform the project.
Utilize a winter fertilizer. A great deal of Connecticut property owners are under the impression the most opportune time to perform fertilization is during the months of April or May. However, it is equally just as important to fertilize in the fall season. Winter fertilization should be applied approximately a week after the last mowing of the year.
Rake leaves and remove and additional debris on your property. Raking leaves before the first snowfall of the year will prevent pests and diseases from victimizing your lawn in the Winter. It is important to begin raking as soon as your leaves begin to fall onto your property. Allowing the leaves to settle on your lawn will potentially block air from getting into the ground and block much needed sun rays. When the snow falls, the leaves will cause your grass to dry up and become more prone to snow mold disease. You can also shred the leaves and use it as winter mulch.
A major part of maintaining a healthy landscape is providing the necessary lawn care practices during the cold weather months. By following the winterizing tips described in this article, you will allow your landscape the necessary protection and nutrients it will require in order to remain healthy through the long and cold Connecticut winter. Your lawn will not only appear more healthy and vibrant in the spring, it will also require less lawn care maintenance throughout the remaining months, which will save you money in the long run. You can can contact the Hamden landscape maintenance professionals at Affordable Landscape and Tree Service to answer any of your questions regarding lawn winterization and to receive a free estimate for any work you would like done on your property.