Help Your Lawn Survive The Winter With These Tips

Chances are the hot days of summer have taken a toll on your lawn as drought, insects and weeds have turned it from lush green to thin, patchy and brown.

To help it return it to its healthy state next spring and protect it from further damage over the winter months, there are a few things you can do from mid-August to mid-September. First, fertilize with a nitrogen/potash mixture. If the damage is extensive, aerate first by plunging a pitchfork about three inches down into the ground and wiggling it back and forth. Do this in rows about four inches apart. The holes allows grass to breathe better and absorb nutrients and water.

The next thing to do is overseed. Try perennial ryegrass, an all-purpose seed. You will need two to four kilograms of seed per 100 square metres of lawn to do the job well. Fine fescue seed works best in shady areas. You’ll need one to three kg of fine fescue seed to adequately cover 100 square metres. Tall fescue is an excellent, drought-tolerant seed. Disperse two to three kg of this seed over 100 square metres for best results.

Be sure to water well afterward to ensure germination.

Where there are weeds, use a weeding tool to dig down deep enough to uproot the pesky invaders. Do not compost weeds.

Rake fallen leaves and dead grass and then bag it all. When leaves are left to rot on the lawn, they prevent light from shining on the grass blades.

Raise the blades on your mower in the fall so that the grass on the lawn isn’t cut as short. This allows roots to grow deeper to make them stronger through winter. That’s not to say you should let your grass grow too long because it may encourage destructive mould growth.

In mid-to-late October, apply a second nitrogen/potash mix fertilizer application to ensure better winter survival and greener grass in early spring.

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Keep Your Home And Outdoor Items In Top Condition With These Fall Maintenance Tips

Fall Maintenance

While the weather is still beautiful, the nights are getting just bit cooler and the very tops of the trees are already starting to turn colour. Fall is heading our way and it’s time to start thinking about those outdoor autumn chores.

Start by touring your home’s exterior and note any peeling paint or cracked caulking. Fall is great weather for painting and resealing to protect your home over the winter months. Check your roof for any loose or missing shingles and make sure repairs are completed before the snow starts to fall.

If you weren’t able to get to them in the spring, clean your eavestroughs now. Have a look at the weather stripping on your doors, especially the garage doors. Replace or repair where needed to keep those winter drafts outside.

If you have large trees on your property, trim any dead or dying branches, especially any close to your home. Winter winds can snap off brittle limbs easily. If the tree is close to the curb, it may belong to the city, so call first to check. The city may elect to trim the tree or hire their own arborist to do so.

Clean out any leaves or debris from your air conditioner and cover it securely. Give your outdoor furniture a thorough cleaning and store them in a clean, dry place to ward off potential mildew.

Even if you are a year-round griller, fall is still a good time to give the BBQ a good cleaning. Use a wire brush to clean the grill thoroughly. For winter storage, remove the propane tank and store in a safe place and cover the BBQ or move it to your shed.

Garden and lawn tools should also get a good cleaning before storage for the season. Hose down your lawnmower, shovels and other tools, removing any debris. Once dry, consider covering your tools with a light coat of linseed oil before storing them to prevent rusting.

These simple annual chores will keep your home and outdoor items in top condition, prevent winter damage and even save energy.

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