Winter Preparation Tips for Your Lawn | Stratfrod, CT
September 23, 2014
Many of homeowners throughout Fairfield and New Haven Counties in Connecticut are under the false impression that preparing their lawn for the Winter season, so that it will flourish in the Spring time, is a simple task. There are a lot of elements involved in maintaining a healthy landscape throughout the Winter months that property owners may not understand the significance or importance of. The experienced landscape architects at D&B Landscape Contractors have complied a list for you to follow, that will make your property the envy of the entire neighborhood once Spring time hits.
1. Fertilize your lawn. It is widely understood that the Spring is the most critical time to fertilize your lawn, but people fail to realize that the Fall time is just as important. Your grass will need vital nutrients to get it through the cold Winter months, and the fertilization acts as food that your grass will store through the Winter. These nutrients will create a much healthier and flourishing lawn come Spring.
2. Repair sections of your lawn that was damaged during the Summer. The Fall season is an appropriate time to repair and reseed your lawn. You place a layer of compost or soil over the seeds, which will act as a catalyst in assisting your seeds take root on your landscape. You should also make an effort to keep the damaged area of your lawn moist through the Fall season.
3. Add new trees and shrubs to your landscape. The Fall season can be the best time of the year to install new plants and trees on your property. Fall is the greatest season for planting trees and shrubs because the cooler temperatures and increased rainfall help the plant’s roots become well-established. The soil is still warm in the fall and allows roots to grow until the ground freezes.
4. Clean your Pond your Pond or Fountain. Getting your pond ready for winter really begins in the fall. Water temperature, rather than air temperature, is the important indicator of when it's best to start cleaning. Keeping your water installation clean will prevent decay and prolong its lifespan. It is important to remove all leaves and debris that may have accumulated in and around your installation because they can cause disease by increasing ammonia levels that are dangerous for your fish. You may also want to consider covering your water installation through the Winter months.
5. It is important to rake leaves and remove tree limbs and debris from your property before snow begins to fall. Your lawn needs to absorb sunlight in order to stay healthy and if fallen leaves are not removed, your lawn will be smothered and potentially perish. You should also continue to mow your lawn until the point that frost will begin to appear on your property.
Late September and early October is the time to start preparing your Connecticut lawn for the winter. The warm temperatures during the Summer months have probably taken its toll on your lawn. Factors such as drought, disease, insects and weeds can cause long term damage to your lawn and make it look very unattractive come Spring time. This is why it is of the utmost importance to take the appropriate measures to prepare your lawn for the Winter, so that it can flourish in the Spring time.
Contact the landscape professionals at D&B Landscape Contractors for a free consultation and find out why we are one of the leading landscape contractors in Fairfeld and New Haven Counties and beyond. Our ultimate goal is to serve you and make your experience a pleasant one, and our team will stop at nothing to ensure that you come away more than satisfied. If you’re interested in our landscaping, contact us today for a free consultation.