Its quarter to Thanksgiving and you are fully engulfed in travel preparations, shopping, and cooking plans. As the air cools there is little time to make sure your lawn is ready for winter. Was the last mowing 2 months ago or in October? Some projects can wait while others should be done before the snow flies! Here is a quick five step list that is given in order of importance, with 1 being the most important!
5. Change the oil on your mower, clean the air filter, inspect the spark plug, and lubricate the blade and undercarriage in preparation for an easy first mowing.
4. Take the time to review your 2011 lawn health care proposal or contract during the winter so come spring time, your turf will receive the care it needs at the appropriate time. Like reviewing seed catalogs for your garden, lots of planning can be done concerning your lawn during the winter in preparation for a busy spring.
3. Mark or have your driveway marked with colored stakes along the edge of the lawn so the plow guy minimizes shredding the edges. Grass growing along a driveway is prime crabgrass growing area, especially if you need to seed in the spring or replace torn up turf chunks. Nothing says sadness than viewing former pieces of healthy sod upside down with a light gravel coating in April!
2. Rake and or remove any debris piles. Piles of leaves, wood, tarps, branches, gravel- anything that stops an air exchange steps up winter kill and dead patches come spring time.
1. Mow the lawn shorter than usual. 1.5 to 2” is great. A shorter cut helps prevent leaves from accumulating in piles as the wind moves them across your nicely trimmed, semi- dormant turf. A shorter cut helps with snow mold and ice damage and provides a faster green up in the spring allowing the sun to warm the soil quicker.
Wishing each of you a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!