As the Utah weather observes its annual tradition of turning from hot summer weather to nippy cold almost instantaneously, property owners everywhere are thinking about how to ensure their space is ready for the upcoming winter. For those who maintain their lawn, yard and other exterior parts of their property, proper winterization of these areas is very important before the major cold hits.
At Logan Extermination, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of lawn and yard maintenance services to clients around the state, including everything from fertilizer to insecticide, weed killers, insect control and more. We’re happy to assist you with any kind of winterization you’re considering for your entire exterior property. Whether on your own or with our help, here are some of the top areas to consider before winter hits in earnest.
Removing Debris and Dead Plant Life
One of the first and most important steps in winterizing your lawn is to clear away any debris or dead plant life that has accumulated over the course of the summer and fall. This includes things like fallen leaves, branches, twigs and dead grass. All of this organic matter can quickly turn into a soggy, wet mess when it gets cold and start to decompose, which is not only frustrating, but also increases the potential for diseases and pests to take hold in your lawn.
Aerate and Overseed Your Lawn
Another important step in winterizing your property is to aerate and overseed your lawn. Aeration involves making small holes in the soil to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the root system more easily. This is especially important if your lawn has seen a lot of foot traffic over the course of the year. Overseeding is simply adding new grass seed to your lawn to thicken it up and ensure a luscious, green lawn come spring.
Fertilize Your Lawn and Garden
Applying fertilizer to your lawn and garden before winter sets in is also important. This gives your plants the nutrients they need to survive the winter and come back strong in the spring, from root development to disease resistance.
It’s generally recommended that you give your lawn one final mow before winter sets in, cutting it down to about two and a half inches. This helps to prevent mold and mildew from growing, as well as giving the grass a better chance to photosynthesize sunlight, even in the shorter days of winter.
Seed Bare Spots
Finally, it’s a good idea to seed any bare spots that have developed in your lawn over the course of the year. This helps to prevent weeds from taking hold and also gives your grass a better chance to survive the winter.
At Logan Extermination, we’re happy to help you with all of your lawn and yard winterization needs. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation.