Unless you have a cool-season grass like fescue, your lawn needs the winter to rest and reboot for spring’s fresh growth. Aerating and seeding your lawn in early autumn revitalizes your sod for the seasons to come, but late-fall landscaping prepares your grass for the dormant season. When winterizing your yard, keep in mind four crucial components of caring for your Atlanta turfgrass.
- Raking. Leaves and organic debris clog your sod, preventing sunlight and nutrients from reaching your grass’s roots. Rake away leaves and fallen branches to protect your landscape.
- Mowing. Just like pruning signals plants that it’s time to grow, mowing keeps grass growing healthy and strong. Before the temperature drops for good this winter, schedule your last date with the lawn mower. Set the mowing height ½-1 inch higher than usual, and sharpen the blades to prevent splitting or tearing of your grass.
- Weeding. Our farms carefully cultivate premium North Georgia turfgrass to grow free of weeds and inferior grass varieties, but established grass often suffers the effects of weed pollination. If your Atlanta sod is suffering an infestation of weeds, address the problem now. The invading plants may die in the winter, but you’ll see resurgence in the spring, when the root systems have strengthened and the weeds are harder to kill.
- Fertilizing. Contrary to the assumption of amateur lawn care individuals, it’s counter-productive to fertilize your warm-season turfgrass once cool weather hits. Fertilizer encourages your grass to grow, making the blades more susceptible to the harsh winter weather. Plan your last application of fertilizer while the weather is still warm, giving your grass time to fortify for the cooler season ahead.
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