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Essential Winter Lawn Care

North Carolina may be in for a long, cold, snowy winter, but that doesn’t mean that your lawn care work is done. Even when your yard is covered in a blanket of snow, seeds, soil and microorganisms are doing the hard work that will be necessary for the spring. What you do during this time will ensure that your yard emerges lush and green with the warm weather.

Here are a few things you can do during the late fall and winter to keep your yard in top shape:

Seed and Aerate

If you haven’t already seeded and aerated your lawn, you still have a little time left to do it. Now is the time to seed your lawn with cool-season grasses, since they will germinate all winter long and emerge green and lush in the spring. Aeration will help to break up the soil and make room for the new seedlings. Aeration will also help the soil drain water more efficiently, which will create a more nutrient-rich base for your lawn. Annual seeding and aeration is essential to good lawn care.

Fertilize

Once the winter comes, leaf fall will be over, you won’t be mowing your lawn, and the bugs won’t be as active. That means that there won’t be many organic materials being deposited on your lawn. To give your grass the nourishment in needs for the long winter, you’re going to need to fertilize before the snow and ice hits the ground. A quality, slow-release fertilizer will help distribute nutrients your grass needs all season long.

Weeding

Grass isn’t the only thing that comes up in the spring. Just as your new lawn is germinating, so are new weeds. Dandelion, clover and other weeds will sap nutrients from the soil and take them from your grass. It is essential that you weed your lawn in the fall or early winter to take care of these pests before they have a chance to grow roots.

Limit Activity

Once the frost spreads or the snow starts falling, your lawn will be much more vulnerable to activity. Even walking across your yard can kill your fragile grass. Clear all the debris out of your yard, such as toys and lawn equipment, and limit activity in the yard. It’s too cold outside to do much anyway, so enjoy some time inside by the fire and let your grass rest.

If you haven’t taken care of these essential lawn care items for the fall and winter already, Untouchable Landscapes can help you. Give us a call today to schedule these seasonal tasks while there’s still time!

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