Winter can be a tough season that can cause great damage to your lawn. That's why we recommend that you winterize your lawn before winter hits in Oklahoma. For your lawn to still be lush and green in spring, there are a few chores you need to perform so that it can survive the harshest winter condition.
In the last few weeks of summer, just before winter, you need to start lowering your mower's height gradually so that each time you cut the grass, it's much smaller than the last time. By slowly mowing the grass shorter this way, it won't shock it as compared to mowing the grass all at once.
Ensuring your grass is shorter before the start of winter is really important in keeping your lawn healthy during winter. Tallgrass will be the perfect sleeping place for mice and other pests and if the mice build a nest, they will cause a much bigger problem since they will destroy a large portion of the lawn. Cutting the grass short will even protect any new growth that might be sprouting by the end of the season.
The best time to fertilize your lawn in Oklahoma is early winter or late fall, especially when you are growing cool-season grass such as Kentucky bluegrass. Just before the first snow shows up, fertilize your whole lawn to replace any nutrient that might have been depleted in the soil during the hot summer. No matter how extreme cold it gets, the fertilizer will be in the soil, and the root system will be able to absorb the nutrients. Since your lawn will be feeding throughout winter, it will develop into a healthy, lush green state.
It's important for you to pick up anything that may cause damage to your lawn after hosting an activity on your lawn. If you don't and then winter hits, your lawn will be left with large dead spots where the items had been laid. It can be anything ranging from toys to tree branches to lawn furniture. Even after the snow starts to hit, it's always recommended that you do a sweep of your lawn every few weeks. When an object is left on your lawn, there will be not only a brown patch but also the grass within that specific area will be stunted and thinner than the rest of the lawn.
Another winterizing tip is conducting lawn aeration. It can be done using a garden fork or by an aerating machine that makes holes throughout the surface of your lawn. Some parts of Oklahoma, such as Bixby, are known to have a high concentration of clay soil, and when such a type of soil is aerated, it will encourage the absorption of water and nutrients by the grass root system through the winter months.
Aeration will help promote strong grassroots that are vital in helping your lawn survive the colder months. Through lawn aeration, you help reduce soil compaction and facilitate the supply of water and nutrients into the grass. Lawn aeration also helps reduce the thatch build-up since your lawn and soil will be getting much-needed air circulation.
This is a very useful tip. You should not allow any form of foot traffic on your lawn during winter since it's likely to cause damage that you may not easily undo. Also, many people tend to park their vehicles on the lawn. Using your lawn as a parking lot is likely to kill your grass, making it vulnerable to crabgrass and other forms of pesky weeds.
Pull out the weeds
Before the start of winter, pests and bacteria are always looking for places to shelter themselves during the cold winter months, and those weeds sure look inviting.
Don't do all the work by yourself
Taking care of your lawn takes commitment, skill, and close observation, which will consume most of your precious time, making it hard for you to concentrate on the more important issues in your life. Give us a call today and let our skilled professionals do all the hard work so you may sit back and enjoy a lush green lawn.