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It's Time to Prepare Your Lawn For The Cold Embrace of Winter


Winnipeg, October 15, 2023 - As the vibrant colors of autumn fade away, it's time to prepare your lawn for the cold embrace of winter. Proper winter preparation is essential to ensure that your lawn emerges lush and green when spring arrives. Here are some key steps to consider:


1. Clear Debris: Begin by raking your lawn to remove fallen leaves, twigs, and any other debris. A thick layer of leaves can smother the grass and create an ideal environment for diseases to thrive.


2. Mow Low: Give your lawn a final trim before winter sets in. Lower the mower blade gradually in the last few mows of the season to trim the grass shorter. However, never cut off more than one-third of the grass height at once.


3. Aerate the Soil: Aerating your lawn allows air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the grassroots more effectively. Use a garden fork or a mechanical aerator to create holes about 2-3 inches apart. This process helps alleviate soil compaction, promoting healthier root growth.


4. Fertilize: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer rich in nitrogen. This helps strengthen the roots and provides essential nutrients throughout the winter months. Choose a fertilizer specifically formulated for fall application.


5. Overseed: If your lawn has bare patches or thin areas, overseeding can work wonders. Spread grass seed evenly over the lawn, focusing on the areas that need improvement. The existing grass will provide protection and help the new seed establish itself.


6. Watering: Proper hydration is crucial even during winter. Ensure your lawn receives adequate moisture before the first freeze. Deep watering helps the grass develop strong roots, making it more resilient against winter stress.


7. Protect Against Pests: Some pests, like rodents, find shelter in lawns during winter. Consider applying pest control measures to prevent damage. Additionally, remove any food sources around your lawn to discourage these unwanted visitors.


8. Snow Removal: When snow arrives, promptly remove it from your lawn. Prolonged snow cover can lead to snow mold, a disease that damages the grass. Use a snow blower or a snow shovel to clear the snow, being careful not to damage the grass in the process.


By investing time and effort in these preparations, you can help your lawn withstand the harsh winter conditions. Come spring, you’ll be rewarded with a lush, healthy lawn that's ready to flourish once again.

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