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Tips For Winterizing Your Lawn

landscapingYour grass plants in your yard’s landscaping are living things that require proper care all throughout the year. The harsh winter season takes a toll on the grass plant and fall is the season when grass plants start to prepare itself for the conditions that the winter season bring. If you want to build up the tolerance of the plants in your yard to disease and temperature changes then it is important for your lawn to receive the right fall maintenance. You can do this yourself or hire a landscaping professional who can get the job done for you.


Autumn is the most important time to fertilize your yard. It is during the cooler period of fall that the grass plant slows down its top growth and starts storing sugars and nutrients for the harsh weather conditions ahead. The storing procedure continues for as long as the plant remains green. A fall fertilization is crucial – this is a period when the plant creates its reserves to maintain its health and therefore determines the lawn’s quality next summer. Potassium and Nitrogen are critical parts of this process. Once the rations for summer have been utilized, the grass plant is prepared for a feeding during the fall to boost root growth and fill them up with food. These nutrients are likewise very beneficial in boosting the resistance of the plant to damaging diseases and conditions, which usually attack every time a plant is in a weak state.


The advantages of fall aeration to grass plants are very crucial. It can help decrease soil compaction, too much thatch, and offers a great dressing for the Charleston landscaping. By breaking up the compaction and getting rid of too much thatch, the penetration of fertilizer nutrients, air and sunlight down into the soil are improved immensely. With this enhanced movement of required elements, the growth of roots is stimulated and stunted roots can now grow immensely. By improving the growth of the roots, the grass plant will be able to reach and keep more nutrients and water required to improve its stress tolerance and overall health, which will benefit the quality of the lawn next summer.


Your lawn can be damaged if you mow it below its suggested height in the heat of summer. This also applies to mowing your lawn too short during fall’s cooler conditions. Once Autumn’s cool weather comes, you have to increase the mowing height to one-half inch above the suggested height for the cooler months. This can help stimulate the growth of stunted roots. For the last mowing of the year, you need to decrease your mowing height to one-half inch below the recommended mowing height during summer. This can assist in the preparation of the foliage for the winter season and avoid potential damage due to diseases. Also, the clippings that come from the last moving must be left on your yard as a mulch only when a mulching mower could be used. This will safeguard the sensitive crowns of the grass plants as well as offer valuable nutrients for your yard.


Getting rid of all big piles of debris that can’t be mulched back into the yard using a lawnmower. Lawnmower attachments that are available that chop grass as well as leaves into small bits that offer a light top dressing that will provide nutrients to the soil as the breakdown. A larger amount of debris won’t break down easily, and so will cause damage to your lawn by suffocating it, and by providing a moist home to organisms that can cause damage to your lawn.

Call Porter Hayes Landscaping LLC if you need help preparing your lawn for winter.

Porter Hayes Landscaping LLC
Charleston, SC 29419
(843) 532-3270

Porter Hayes Landscaping LLC
2170 Bees Ferry Rd #3 Charleston SC 29419