Winterizing Your Lawn in St. Louis

In Summer on October 28, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Written by green-admin

As we get deeper into the fall, the temperature will continue to drop and homeowners will spend less time outside tending to their lawns.  Before the cold winter weather sets in, it is important to prepare the lawn to handle the stress it will face from the harsh winds, frost, and snow.  Effective lawn winterization will help your lawn handle the stressors that come with winter weather and give the lawn a better chance of growing back thick and healthy the next spring.  You can winterize your lawn by performing the following actions late in the fall.

Fertilize: The fall is an important time for lawn fertilization and winterizing fertilizers should be used in the late fall.  Winterizing fertilizers are made specifically for cool season grasses and contain a high amount of potassium which helps absorb nutrients and strengthen the root and crown of grass blades for a better chance of survival.

Seeding: The last chance to seed the lawn is late in the fall season before the ground freezes.  Seeding areas of a lawn with bare spots, patches, or dormant growth will help stimulate new growth the following spring.

Watering: The lawn should still be watered deep into the fall to make sure that it is getting enough moisture.  If your area has not received enough rainfall, be sure to water the lawn so that is does not dry out before the winter.

Leaves: It is important to rake all the leaves before the winter because they can block oxygen and sunlight from the surface of the lawn.  Leaves that are left on the lawn can also increase the moisture level which makes lawns more susceptible to developing turf diseases.

Mowing: When mowing the lawn for the last time of the season, the mower height should be lowered from 2.5 inches to the lowest the mower will allow.  The shortened grass will stand up straight instead of lying flat which will minimize damage from ice and snow.

Performing these actions will help winterize your lawn for the ensuing cold months and if you need professional assistance with this process, contact Green T Lawn Care in St. Louis.  Green T Lawn Care offers winterizing fertilizer applications as well as fall over seeding to prep your lawn for the winter.  Taking these steps now will go a long way in contributing to a healthy lawn for next year.

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Fall Weeds in Missouri

In Summer on October 1, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Written by green-admin

Homeowners around the St. Louis area may have noticed plenty of weeds growing in their lawns this fall.  In fact, the excessive rainfall this summer has made it one of the worst years for weeds because the rain stimulates healthy growth not just in the lawn, but in all plants including weeds and other unwanted plants.  The most common type of weeds, crabgrass, nutsedge, and clover, actually thrive in these moist conditions.  However, there is still time this fall to take control of the weed situation before the winter hits.

One way to keep weeds in check this fall is with proper watering and mowing practices.  It is important to mow your lawn at the proper height to curtail weed growth which is usually between 2.5 to 3 inches, but the height may vary depending on the grass type of the lawn.  Watering practices should be monitored carefully because of the excess rain fall to make sure that lawns are not overwatered.  If your lawn has received adequate rainfall this summer, watering may be unnecessary until next season.

Another way to combat the weeds this fall is to continue to promote a healthy root system through proper fertilization as well as aerations and over seeding.  A strong, thick root system is the lawn’s best natural defense against weeds and continued fertilization in the fall will provide the roots with the nutrients necessary to stay strong and fight off weed growth.  Performing aerations and over seeding will also contribute to a stronger root system.  The aeration process removes thatch layers and plugs of grass to open up holes in the soil that allow for better penetration of nutrients and moisture down to the root.  Over seeding is often performed with aerations so that the seeds can reach the root system and contribute to a thicker lawn capable of choking out weeds.

While proper watering, mowing, and fertilization practices can be done by the homeowner to combat weed growth this fall, Green T Lawn Care offers aerations and over seeding as well as weed control treatments to our St. Louis customers for further protection.  It is important to continue these lawn care practices late into the fall because taking proper care now is the best way to ensure a healthy, weed free lawn in the spring.  Contact Green T Lawn Care to learn more about our fall lawn care services.

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