The steps you take now to winterize your lawn will ensure that your grass looks great next spring. By following these recommended guidelines from the lawn care experts at Portage Turf Specialists LLC, you’ll be giving your Ohio lawn the leg up it needs so your yard looks naturally green and lush when it reemerges come spring.
1. Final Mowing and Leaf Removal
In the fall, give your lawn a final cut about two weeks after it seems to have stopped growing. Grass should be mowed to about 2 to 3 inches in length at this time for optimal health. Leaves should be raked before a hard frost or snowfall. This is very important since leaves that are left on the ground can trap in too much moisture, smother your turf, or block water from reaching the grass. Any of these scenarios will kill off the grass, and you’ll be left with bare patches in the spring. When it comes to natural lawn care and maintenance, we always recommend being proactive and taking preventative approaches.
2. Lawn Aeration
Improving the soil health on your property will in turn improve the health of your turf grasses. Lawn aeration service from Portage Turf Specialists punches thousands of small holes throughout your lawn to break up soil compaction and remove thick thatch. This allows water, air, and nutrients to reach the root system, and since root development peaks in the fall, this is actually the best time for aeration and overseeding.
3. Seasonal Fertilization
There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to lawn fertilizer. In fact, it’s that type of approach that causes more harm than good. Different soil types and grass species require different formulations or types of fertilizer. We recommend a late fall application of specially-formulated, organic-based, slow-release fertilizer which will help your lawn through the harsh winter months.
While mowing and raking are easily done by most homeowners, aeration and fertilization are generally best left up to trained professionals. Contact Portage Turf Specialists today at (330) 296-8873 for a customized estimate on lawn winterization, tree and shrub care, and all of your organic lawn-care needs. We provide naturally better lawn care to the communities of Kent, Ravenna, Aurora, and Hudson, OH, and we’d be happy to add you to our list of satisfied customers.