Whether we like it or not, winter is on its way and it won’t be long before the temperatures turn frigid. It’s not just you and your family that will feel the effects, your lawn will too, which is why now is the time to prepare it. Not sure where to start? Here are the three most important steps for winterizing your Kansas City lawn.
As the leaves fall, they pile up on the grass creating a mess, but that’s not all! If left sitting on your lawn for even just a week, leaves can cause bald spots and even kill your grass completely!
The best way to prevent this is to use a rake or leaf blower to remove them from your lawn regularly before they become a hazard to your lawn. It’s also a good idea to remove any dead, dried up plants from your flower beds and other areas of your lawn and compost them for future use.
Planting and Fertilizing
If you have bald patches and thinning areas in your lawn that have developed over the summer, December is a good time to add grass seed to the area. It’s also a good time to plant flowers like chrysanthemums, asters, and spring bulbs like tulips, irises and daffodils.
Fall is the perfect time to feed your lawn, shrubs, flowers and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. However, be very careful with this step since over-fertilizing can actually do more damage than good. If you’re not sure how much fertilizer to use, where, or when, it’s best to leave this task to the professionals.
Sprinkler System Maintenance
As the season progresses, nighttime temperatures begin to plummet to at, or below, freezing. This can wreak havoc on your sprinkler system, causing problems with the sprinkler heads and potentially damaging your water lines. Turning off the system will help some, but it’s only the first step.
The next step is vitally important: having your sprinkler system blown out by a professional. This will ensure that no water is trapped inside the underground lines, which will protect the pipes from freezing. Freezing lines cause breaks and increase the likelihood of leaks when the unit is turned on in the spring. Skipping this step can cost you thousands and can even require a new sprinkler system, so schedule your sprinkler blowout as soon as possible!
Give the experts at Custom Lawn & Landscape a call at (913) 782-8315 to schedule your sprinkler system blowout. In the meantime, click here to download our free month-by-month, idiot-proof lawn care guide for expert tips on how to get a lawn you’ll love all year long!