If you want to have a killer lawn next spring you need to take action now to ensure success. Thinking that you can wait until spring has arrived is just too late. The eight tasks described in the article quoted below are not complicated and provided you complete them you should then have a lawn of which you can be truly proud. These eight tips are contained in an article by Kathy Woodard which I found on The Garden Glove website.
Most people don?t realize that to have a really great lawn, the secret isn?t in piling on extra fertilizer and watering as soon as the snow melts in spring. The secret to a great lawn lies in fall lawn maintenance. That?s right gardeners, the ugly word? maintenance. The fact is that letting an unhealthy lawn lie over the winter is not going to make all those problems go away, and can actually make them worse. Using just a few fall lawn tricks, your can have a yard wake up in spring to the green backdrop of a gorgeous killer lawn! So do you want a killer lawn? Then do this!
Kill Those Weeds
Been ignoring a dandelion problem? Hoping the crabgrass will ?die off in the winter?? Nope, doesn?t work that way. Take care of your lawn weed problems now or it will be much worse in the spring, as the weeds spend all fall absorbing energy, ready to attack with the first rays of spring sunshine. Use a liquid weed killer meant for lawns.
You can rent an aerator or, if you have a small lawn, use aerating sandals to penetrate the hardened summer ground. This allows the roots to access oxygen and water more easily, allowing for a stronger root system. This will jump start your lawn growth in spring.
Most experts agree that fall is the most important time to fertilize. Mid to late fall, use a dry fertilizer over the entire lawn to encourage root growth. Winterizer fertilizer is the best choice, especially in cold winter areas.
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