Believe it or not, you’re going to not only want to make sure that you have completely winterized your home before colder weather starts to set in, but you’re also going to want to winterize your lawn and garden to make sure that itâ€™s able to bounce back from frigid weather when everything starts to warm up in the spring again. Itâ€™s no secret that Ottawa winters are some of the coldest in the world, so it takes an extra level of care and attention to protect your lawn and garden.
You’re definitely going to want to put in the elbow grease during the fall to make sure that your lawn and your gardens are best prepared for the colder weather up ahead. Otherwise you’re going to have to spend a lot more time in the spring getting everything up and going again in hopes that your hard work will pay off by the time summer rolls around. Of course, if you’d rather curl up inside with a Pumpkin Spiced Latté, the friendly and talented team at Hansen will be more than happy to handle all of your lawn maintenance needs.
To give you a bit of a jump start in winterizing your lawn, we’ve put together these quick tips and tricks.
Get rid of weeds
The easiest thing that you’re going to be able to do to winterize your lawn and garden is to simply cruise around your property and get rid of as many weeds as you can. Remember, weeds are going to fight with the plants and vegetation that you actually want in your lawn and your garden for precious nutrients. When that battle is going on during the winter and nutrients are scarce, you run the risk of killing off your grass or your garden but feeding your weeds in the process.
Apply a winterized fertilizer to your entire lawn
If you really want to make winterizing your lawn as effortless as it can be, you’re going to want to cruise around your entire property and apply a winterized version of fertilizer, making sure to carefully coat every square inch.
Winterized fertilizers have higher potassium contents in them to help strengthen plant life during the colder weather, but they also include pH balancing additives that are going to make sure that your vegetation has every chance to spring back to life after a period of dormancy.
Though you’ll want to be sure to hit every single square inch of your lawn and your gardens with this fertilizer, you’re going to want to make sure that you don’t overfertilize (it’s a hard balance, we know). Overfertilizing is almost as bad as underfertilizing – but not quite – and can actually burn your lawn if you really go overboard.
There are other important steps to winterize your lawn, like aeration, raking, and water. However if you only have time for a task or two, these are the most important. If you want to save time altogether, give Hansen a call for all your lawn maintenance needs.