Once Fall’s nip hits the nighttime air, it’s time to winterize your lawn and irrigation system. These cold-weather steps lead to a healthier, greener, lusher lawn once the weather warms up again.
Winterizing your irrigation system will keep it running better and longer. Your grounds will be glad when your system still works to water them next Spring.
Here are some of the procedure we at Clark’s follow. We close off both valves on the backflow preventer, then connect to the blow-out port.
Then we power up the compressor and set the pressure level to clear water from the system without damaging it. Depending on the system, we either clear out the entire system at once, or zone by zone for larger systems.
There’s more to it and it’s a bit of work, but it’s one of our areas of expertise.
Every lawn benefits from a feeding of Winter lawn fertilizer, but this step is very important if your lawn is cool-season grasses, as they benefit the most from Winter fertilizer.
Winter lawn fertilizer helps strengthen the roots and helps turf survive cold weather. A good Winter lawn treatment keeps your turf strong and green through the Fall, and ready to perk up again once Spring arrives.
The best time to apply winter lawn treatment depends on your type of grass. Clark’s can help make sure you get the right amount for the right type of lawn.
Winter Lawn Care
There are more Winter lawn treatments that will pay off come Spring.
As we’ve shared in greater detail in a previous blog [link], Aerating your grass lets water and nutrients reach the roots quickly and easily, and prevents the soil from becoming too hard and compacted.
Overseeding is helpful for cool-season lawns as well, because once those grass seeds germinate in the Spring, they will crowd out competing weed seeds. Now is also a great time to reseed any bare or patchy spots of grass.
We can also help keep up with weeding during the Fall and through the Winter. While some weeds go dormant in cold weather, their seeds are usually waiting to germinate in the Spring.
Mowing in Winter
Cutting your lawn in the cold of Winter is a balancing act; since Fall has set in, we raise the mower blades above Summer mowing height. But for the last mow of the season, we lower the blades below the Summer mowing height. This encourages root growth, and removes grass blades that are prone to become diseased during the coldest months.
Some people leave fallen leaves on the lawn over Winter, but leaves can smother grass and provide shelter for fungi spores, insects, and other diseases. We take away fallen leaves, or can mulch them, which adds both protection and nutrients to your turf without doing damage.
For all your Winterization needs, go Clark’s.