As summer comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about what comes next. Autumn is the time to prepare your lawn for winter so it can flourish come spring. The colder months bring special concerns, so it’s important to prepare accordingly. The best thing you can do for your lawn is to get ahead of the cold and provide some fertilization to strengthen and protect it from our harsh winters. Here are a few factors to consider when getting your lawn ready for winter.

Fertilization: When, Where, and What Kind?

Fertilizing is a fundamental process for protecting your lawn as the weather grows colder. Proper fertilization helps your lawn with root development and loads it with essential nutrients before entering the dormant season. The best kind of fertilizer for your lawn depends on the type of lawn you have and your personal preferences. The important thing to remember when choosing a fall lawn fertilizer is to choose the right mix of nutrients depending on which application you are completing.  Your first fall application should contain a higher concentration of nitrogen which promotes healthy growth to thicken the lawn prior to winter. The second fall application should contain more potassium or potash which encourages root development to ensure the turf will make it through the winter and be ready for spring. 

If you’re wondering when to fertilize, the easiest way to remember the optimal times is to follow a holiday schedule. Your first fall application should be done around Labor Day, with the second being applied around Halloween. 

Other Projects

Fall is also a great time to wrap up other projects that may have gone overlooked over the summer. Early fall before the weather cools down is actually a great time to overseed your existing lawn or install a new lawn. Fall is also a convenient time to spend eliminating pests from your outdoor living space using natural remedies or pest repellents. Autumn is the time to finish those odd yard projects that may have piled up while you were enjoying the summer. 

Whether you’re looking to fertilize, to install a new lawn, or control pests, we have all the essential products at Lurvey Home & Garden to make sure you can get the job done. Plus, we have experts on hand to answer all of your questions and make sure you find the product that’s best for you and your lawn. The end of summer is a great time to prepare your lawn to go into winter strong.