How to Prep Your Lawn for Winter in Colorado & Michigan
The Fit Turf blog shows you How to Prep Your Lawn for Winter in Colorado & Michigan, plus other great lawn care tips for your lawn preparatoins.
While you may think of the snowy winter months as a time to take a break from thinking about your lawn, you’ll still need to spend some time preparing your lawn for winter before the snow actually hits. If you work with Fit Turf, we can make this process a whole lot easier by sending out our skilled, knowledgeable lawn care professionals to get your lawn ready for winter based on where you live and what your particular lawn needs. Here are just a few smart tips for preparing your lawn for winter in our areas of Colorado and Michigan.
Preparing Your Lawn in Colorado
First and foremost, you’ll want to start your winterizing process early in order to make sure that the nutrients fully absorb into the soil before the snow hits. In the early fall, Fit Turf experts will remove any pesky weeds and administer a weed control solution in order to stop weeds from growing and spreading during those still-warm days. Aerating is also important, as punching small holes in the soil allows the fertilizer, water and oxygen to penetrate more deeply. They will then administer a powerful slow-release fertilizer to encourage root growth for the coming year. For fragile shrubs and trees, you or your lawn care professional will want to wrap these delicate plants in sturdy burlap in order to protect them from frost bite during the winter. As the leaves begin to fall, you’ll also want to remove them from your lawn as quickly as possible so they don’t smother the grass.
Preparing Your Lawn in Michigan
In Michigan, experts agree that perennials, trees and shrubs benefit from sufficient watering before winter takes over and freezing begins. This means that throughout the fall season, trees and shrubs will still need to be watered at a rate of about 1-inch per week. Another smart tip is to conserve valuable topsoil by adding additional organic matter for insulation. Cover your vegetable garden or flower beds with a 3-inch layer of mulched leaves, or add a 6-inch layer of mulched leaves or compost to perennials right when the ground freezes. As for the grass, cut it significantly shorter in the last couple mowings in order to remove the leaf part and leave just the roots. Then, administer winterizing fertilizer to keep the roots healthy all winter long.