As cold weather approaches, there are several things you need to do to prepare your lawn for the harsh Bucks County Winters. Our professional team at DKC Landscaping want to help. Here are the steps to take so your lawn will be lush and beautiful when the warm weather returns.
- Mow Your Lawn
As the weather gets cooler, your residential lawn will not grow as fast. You should mow your lawn every 10 to 14 days until all the leaves have fallen from the trees. This will prevent the leaves from smothering your lawn, which would cause bare spots.
Once all the leaves have fallen, you will need to mow one last time for the season. By cutting the grass low, about 1½ to 2 inches, allows the grass to protect itself and can help reduce the growth of fungus. This also makes the other steps easier for you to do.
2. Aerate Your Soil
Aerating your lawn is the process of making small holes in the soil with an aerator. When you aerate your lawn, water, air, and nutrients can get to the roots of your grass. Strengthening your lawn. It is best to aerate when the soil is moist, allowing the tines of the aerator to penetrate deeper into the ground. At DKC, our lawn aeration and overseeding service often begins early September in Bucks County. This gives the grass about 3 months of growing time prior to a long winter’s nap.
3. Perform a Soil Test and Fertilize
Once you have made several passes with the aerator, it is a great idea to fertilize with a rotary spreader. To ensure that the fertilizer spreader does not dump too much in one spot, make sure you open and close the hopper only when the spreader is in motion.
If you aren’t sure what type of fertilizer to use, you can perform a simple soil test. This will let you know what nutrients your soil is deficient in and can pinpoint exact needs of the soil.
4. Top-Dress Thin Areas
Sometimes areas of your lawn may get damaged, causing bare spots or thinning areas. To prepare the area you first need to spread a thin layer of aged organic compost. After you apply the compost, use a leaf rake to work the compost into the ground. This will help get the compost in all the holes from the aerator.
It is important for you to use only aged compost. If it has a pungent smell and hot to the touch, it can burn your lawn.
5. Overseed Bare And Thinning Spots
Once you have prepared the thinning area of your lawn, it is time to overseed. Overseeding is one way to fill in bare and thinning spots so your lawn stays lush and beautiful.
The best way to do this is to use a spreader to evenly spread the seed. Just like when you are fertilizing, open and close the hopper only when the spreader is in motion. If you don’t have the right equipment, please ask about our overseeding service in Bucks County.
6. Rake and Water
The last step is to rake and water. After you have overseeded, you will need to mix the grass seeds into the compost using the same method you used during the top-dressing step. Once the seeds are mixed in well, water lightly.
It is best to water for 10 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times a day until you notice the seeds are sprouting. After that, it only needs to be watered once a day for 15-30 minutes until the grass is established.
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We know the harsh winter weather in Bucks County can take a toll on your lawn. Our professional team at DKC Landscaping will be happy to help you get it ready, so you don’t have too.
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