While the colder season approaches, everyone looks out for ways to prepare their houses to resist the cold. For some, adding a new house siding is a priority, while for others, taking care of lawn grass has been a much more important priority. Most people spend most of their free time beautifying their lawns by taking care of the grass, pruning the trees around and doing anything else that makes them stand out. Keeping grass healthy during cold seasons is a challenge to many people. During summer, just as most plants do, grass grows faster compared to winter when most plants grow slowly. You may spend time beautifying your lawn then when winter comes, all your hard work goes down the drain. I am sure no one would want this to happen. Let me give you an example of what I am talking about here.

I have these neighbors, the Kavalis, who once bought a particular type of grass native to China. The first few months were okay when their lawn glittered. Everyone around envied them. Even visitors could not stop but notice the beautiful lawn with well-trimmed grass from “heaven.” They spend lot of time and money beautifying the lawn. When winter came a few weeks later, their lawn turned brown you’d imagine someone set it on fire. They didn’t know much about the grass. The grass needed special care to prepare before the onset of the cold season. It needed to be shortened, then a few months before winter they would have stopped watering the grass. If they had this knowledge before, they would have saved their precious grass.

Here I have given you five tips to help you prepare your lawn for colder seasons to avoid the mistakes made by my neighbors. The best time to prepare is during summer.

1. Rake your lawn

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Once you made up your mind and are ready to buy a house, you should also be aware that there is some hard work incorporated with maintaining the lawn. Collect leaves scattered on your lawn. Having leaves scattered all over when winter arrives could be a ticking bomb set to explode when the cold bites. The leaves block out light and prevent aeration from taking place, which can kill the grass underneath. When you rake, you provide two benefits. One benefit is that you remove the leaves and dead grass on the surface. It will partially aerate the grass below. Do not wait for the tree leaves to fall off before you spring into action. Once you notice leaves gathering, take a rake and clean up. It will give your grass enough time to breathe as it braves for cold weather.

2. Water and mow the grass

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Make sure you mow the lawn every time grass exceeds an inch. Don’t stop mowing till you notice it starts growing slowly. A shorter lawn will probably make it through winter, although, this will depend on the kind of grass you have in your lawn. As long as there is no ice, ensure you water it even during cold seasons to ensure it continues growing.

3. Fertilize your lawn

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You should fertilize in the warm season since plants tend to grow much faster. Nitrogen or phosphorus-rich fertilizers help the grass to develop deeper roots early enough. Deep roots are vital because they will store food for winter. Spread the fertilizer evenly around your lawn. Make sure you know the amount of fertilizer that your soil requires by testing the soil. Testing may also help you determine if your soil needs fertilizer.

4. Aerate the soil

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It is an essential procedure to prepare your lawn for colder seasons. Use a tool to poke holes through the ground. When you water your lawn during the final weeks of summer, it will go through easily. Water easily penetrates the ground when the weather is warm. Aeration strengthens roots and allows them to grow deeper. Deeper roots will allow your lawn to survive through the cold season because the roots will be stronger and healthier.

5. Top dress your lawn with compost

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Top dress your lawn with compost before the onset of the cold season. This will ensure it gets enough nutrients to strengthen the roots and make greener leaves. Stronger roots will ensure your lawn doesn’t wither when the cold bites, greener leaves will ensure good health. It also helps in aeration.

Taking care of lawn is more than making it look pretty. The above tips help you prepare your yard well ahead of winter. It’s also good to know the kind of grass you have in your lawn. It will help you prepare better.

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