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Preparing Your Lawn for Winter

The best way to ensure a beautiful and healthy lawn and landscaping come springtime is to take the proper steps in preparing for winter before the harsh conditions arrive.  Without this, a lawn that hasn’t been “put to bed” for the winter will be evident in the spring. However, a little work now will make for a lush and gorgeous lawn when spring does return.

While many homeowners think their lawn needs less care in the fall because the grass isn’t growly as quickly, this way of thinking couldn’t be further from the truth. Pull on your gloves, get out the lawnmower and rake, and follow these tips to prepare your lawn for winter.

Keep Mowing: Continue to mow your lawn, as needed, throughout the fall. When it’s time for your final cut for the season, drop the mower’s blade to its lowest setting.
Aerate the Soil: Aerating your lawn in fall allows oxygen, water, and fertilizer to reach the grass’s roots easily.
Rake the Leaves: While it’s not a job anyone enjoys, it’s important to remove fallen leaves as soon as possible.
Fertilize: If you only fertilize your lawn once per year, do it in the fall. While the grass growth has slowed, grass roots continue to grow quickly. Applying fertilizer now promotes deep root growth and a reserve of nutrients for a healthy start to spring.

A lawn that is properly cared for before the cold and deep freeze sets in will be healthier and require less maintenance the next year. For help with winterizing your landscaping in Butler, PA, call Custom Lawn Care, Inc. at (724) 287-3149.

There is a Wrong Way to Rake Leaves? – Pt. 1

Believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to rake your leaves in the fall. Doing right requires some preparation. It’s important to have the right gear to prevent injury, choose the right time to rake, remove thatch at the same time, and put those leaves to good use. Here is a quick guide to help you rake your leaves efficiently:

Preparing to Rake
Raking leaves can cause injury if you do not approach the task with the right equipment. To prevent blisters, make sure you wear work gloves. Use a mask if you have outdoor allergies, and if you have back problems make sure you wear a brace.

Choosing the right rake is also important. A heavy metal rake is used for evening out the soil in the garden and should not be used for leaves. Look for a rake that has a length suitable for your height and is made for raking leaves. Ergonomic models are available, as well as rakes with a cushion grip to protect your hands. Purchase a rake with sharp tines so that you can remove thatch while you rake, and a wide head to increase your speed.

Timing
For your own sanity and health, wait until almost all of the leaves have fallen to rake, so you can get it all done at once.

In our next post, we will discuss efficient ways to rake, and methods for disposing and reusing the leaves once you are done. When you need effective landscaping in Butler, PA, call Custom Lawn Care, Inc. at (724) 287-3149.