Winterizing Your Lawn
It is important to prep your lawn for winter weather in October/November. A little TLC is all your lawn needs before the long winter ahead so the grass will come back lush and beautiful in the spring.
1) First it is important that the lawn have a final mowing at a height of 2 ¾” to 3”.
2) Rake up the leaves from the lawn and dispose of so as to decrease leaf moulds, disease and suffocation of grass.
3) Winterizing fall fertilizers are important to help your lawn overwinter. Fall formulations with low nitrogen and higher phosphorous and potassium levels feed the roots of the lawn to help grass survive hibernation as winter descends. This is especially vital for new sod. Test your soil to determine exactly what type of fertilizer you need and in what dose.
4) Over-seeding in the fall is actually the best time to do so as the ground is still relatively warm, there is ample moisture from dews and rainfall, temperatures are cooler, thus less evaporation. All these factors are more conducive for grass seed germination.
5) Top dressing with composted pellets and re-seeding is very effective in October/November. The pellets are a no-mess, child and pet-friendly means of ensuring that the phosphorous in your fertilizer is usable as well as being organic matter to increase seed germination.
On cold November days, before we have any snow, when there is a heavy frost and the grass is “white” with frost remember to be gentle to avoid damage to your lawn when it is frozen by staying off of it as much as possible. Driving on your lawn or too much foot traffic can kill the grass. When the snow comes it will actually insulate and protect the lawn.